Position: Defensive Tackle
Location: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Rank: No. 16 DT
What to like: There is so much to like about Moten. First, this is a young man that really progressed from his junior to senior season. He was always highly thought of but Moten really turned things up a notch this spring, summer and fall.
For his size he has a tremendous get off and quickness off the ball. Moten is explosive and can beat a lineman to the gap and get up field or he can take on and defeat blockers and go find the ball. He's athletic and can run well for a big man. Moten is quick and strong for his age. I also like his versatility because he can play defensive tackle in a 4-3 and be that three-technique or he could very well be a defensive end in a 3-4.
What may be of concern: There's not much here other than the usual things with a high school defensive lineman. Moten will continue to need to improve his technique, use of hands and get stronger in the weight room.
Overall analysis: This is a great pickup for the Hurricanes and another very nice addition to their impressive 2014 class. In fact, this is one of their better commitments. And to take it a step further, Moten just very well may end up with the ranking as the state's top defensive tackle. Considering Khairi Clark (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), DeMarcus Christmas (Bradenton Manatee) and Travonte Valentine (Hialead Champagnat Catholic) are all outstanding defensive tackle prospects that's impressive in itself.
I had the opportunity to see Moten play live against Weston Cypress Bay last month. He truly put on a dominating performance against the Lightning. Simply, Moten was unblockable and unstoppable all night long. I mean he was an absolute beast and it didn't matter how many hats Cypress Bay put on him.
What impressed me the most was his athleticism, quickness and speed. He's the type of d-tackle that creates havoc in the backfield. He can push the pocket and move the line of scrimmage. He can shoot a gap and make a tough tackle for a loss. And he made some play re-directing that you just don't see many at his size make.
We should have seen this coming. At the Opening in Oregon back in July, Moten was one of the very best defensive linemen at that camp. He caught everyone's attention and has backed it up with a super senior season.
Looking ahead, Miami has to be thrilled with the big men they are bringing in on both sides of the ball. If you take a look at their defensive haul you have to love what's headed to Coral Gables. On the inside you have Moten, Valentine and junior college transfers Dalvon Stuckey (Popularville, Miss./Pearl River) and Michael Wyche (Monterey Park, Calif./East Los Angeles). Then you have edge guys like five-star defensive end Chad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington), Trent Harris (Winter Park), Demetrius Jackson (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) and Michael Smith (Miami, Fla./Northwestern).
It all starts in the trenches and Miami has done an outstanding job of recruiting these big men in this class.