Rahsaan Moore discusses Terps commitment
This week it was Moore’s turn to do the same. He pledged to the Terps on Monday.
“It feels good. It feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Moore said of his commitment. “I always wanted to go to a DI school and fortunately Maryland has been the school I’ve been wanting to go to since I’ve been in high school.”
Moore, 6 feet 2, 235 pounds, admitted he wasn’t sure if a Maryland offer would come through. A host of powerhouse FCS schools offered, including James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary. But New Mexico was Moore’s only FBS offer -- until the Terps followed suit this fall.
“I was definitely nervous because being my size and being a tweener type, it’s hard to figure out where to put me,” Moore said. “So I just had to make sure I went out this year and proved that I’m able to play D-IA football.”
Moore thinks a position switch may have ultimately convinced the Maryland staff that he was worth offering. Moore has played defensive end throughout his time at Wise, but he made the switch from tight end to fullback before this season.
“I think [the Maryland staff] watching my tape at fullback showed that I’m able to play at Maryland,” Moore said. “The past couple of years I’ve been playing tight end, and being 6’2, that’s not the typical height of a tight end. They were looking for somewhere they could put me and fullback just happened to show up.”
It’s not a guarantee that Moore will play fullback at Maryland -- defensive end is still a possibility -- but the coaches have told him he’ll come to school as “a big athlete.”
Moore said he’s aware that because he slipped under the radar of most programs, some might doubt his ability. The relative lack of Division I offers just serves as motivation.
“It definitely makes me hungry because it shows that I have to go out there and prove people wrong,” Moore said. “Size doesn’t really matter -- it’s just how you go out there and play. I think I definitely have a chip on my shoulder to prove some people wrong and let them know that I can dominate the game just as well as anybody else can.”