Purdue Lands 4-Star Recruit
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"Dynamic. Explosive. Game-changer.
Say hello to Rondale Moore.
The latest piece to Purdue’s 2018 recruiting class is all of that and probably more. Combine Moore’s talents with coach Jeff Brohm’s offensive system, and the Boilermakers are poised to make significant progress on that side of the ball starting in 2018.
The talented slot receiver from Louisville Trinity took an important step in joining Brohm’s program Saturday, announcing his commitment to Purdue during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
He made his commitment during the third quarter of the all-star game. Moore selected the Boilermakers over Ohio State, Alabama and Florida State.
"Boiler Up," Moore said as he picked up a Purdue hat.
The next step - signing in February. Verbal commitments are non-binding and now everyone waits until the paperwork is official. As of now, Moore is the 23rd member of Purdue’s 2018 recruiting class with 22 signing last month, including five from the state of Kentucky.
The blue-chip prospect said on the television broadcast that Brohm's offense was a big factor in his selection.
"Me being small in stature, I feel like I can play in the slot and make plays," said Moore, who plans to major in business.
Moore is simply a big addition to the program, which is coming off its first winning season since 2011 and has positioned itself to see more progress in the future.
“He’s one of the most athletic receivers in the country,” said Steve Wiltfong, director of recruiting for 247sports.com. “His quickness, his ability to cut and make people miss. He’s so strong when the football is in his hands. He’s a big play waiting to happen.”
That’s what the Boilermakers lacked for most of the season in 2017 but are now more equipped to produce big plays, not only with the addition of Moore but other incoming recruits.
“They need playmakers, they need juice at that position and he gives them that,” Wiltfong said. “He’s a game-changer in that mold. The Purdue offense is the perfect fit for him.
“He’s a smaller guy but he’s very strong and shifty. They’re going to be able to utilize that skill set well as they try to pick up the tempo with that offense.”
Moore committed to Texas in June, but Brohm didn’t stop recruiting him. Moore de-committed from Texas last month, two days after finishing an official visit to Purdue, a sign of his strong relationship with Brohm, a Louisville native and Trinity graduate.
“The main thing is the ‘want-to,’ ” Trinity coach Bob Beatty told the Louisville Courier-Journal last month. “I don’t think there ever was a day when we coached him and he felt like he knew it all. … You could see when he made a mistake that it bothered him. He was like a sponge who wanted to learn and improve every single day.”
Kentucky’s Gatorade Player of the Year can also move around. Playing for Trinity – one of the nation’s top programs – Moore took handoffs in the backfield and also returned punts.
No doubt, Brohm has already created a package of plays for the 5-foot-8 speedy Moore, looking for ways to isolate him in one-on-one matchups and utilize his athletic talents.
He made 109 receptions for 1,478 yards and scored 16 touchdowns as a senior for Trinity, which captured the Kentucky Class 6A state championship. He also rushed for 537 yards – averaging 10.7 yards per carry and returned a pair of punts for touchdowns."