If Indiana is going to maintain its program momentum established over the last two seasons, the offensive line would be a good place to start.
That group has remained a bit of a weak link despite Indiana’s 14-7 record compiled during the last two campaigns.
The Hoosiers have struggled to convince talented in-state offensive lineman to stay home and play in Bloomington, and have instead watched several prospects leave for traditional powers.
When it comes to Fort Wayne’s D.J. Moore, the trend could be about to change.
IU was the first Division One program to offer Moore a scholarship back in January, 2020, and that is something that still seems to carry significance to the 6-foot-6 and 335 pound Moore. He still has his announcement of the IU offer pinned to the top of his Twitter profile.
Moore took an official visit to Indiana in June, and that appears to have only helped IU’s cause in this recruitment.
According to a report by Rivals national analyst Adam Gorney, Indiana has jumped out in front of a highly competitive race for Moore.
“Indiana has emerged as the frontrunner for the four-star offensive guard from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider, but there is not a commitment timetable in place yet,” Gorney wrote. “That would be another massive recruiting victory for the Hoosiers if they can lock up Moore, who has more than a dozen offers, and it would add another four-star prospect to an already impressive recruiting class.”
Moore would be the headliner on the offensive line in the 2022 class if he picks Indiana. The Hoosiers already have a commitment from Powell, Ohio’s Carter Smith, and Texas prospect Bray Lynch is trending towards IU with an announcement coming on Friday.
But Moore is on another level. Rivals has him pegged as a 4-star prospect and the No. 220 overall player in the 2022 class. While recruiting has picked up across the board, the Hoosiers have still not been able win when it comes to elite prospects on the offensive line. They’ve never landed a 4-star offensive lineman in the rankings era.
In addition to IU, Moore has offers from Texas A&M, Penn State, Ohio State, Missouri, Purdue, Nebraska, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Oregon, Arizona State, West Virginia and Minnesota.
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