Washington football has convinced another hometown hero to come home and join the Dawg Pack!
Washington football has convinced another local boy to come home! After Mike Hopkins was able to convince three players to transfer back home after starting their careers elsewhere, Jimmy Lake has joined in!
Quentin Moore, the nation’s number one junior college tight end and Kenmore, WA native has decided to come home. The 6’6, 250 pounder has NFL caliber size and athleticism, with exceptional speed for someone his size. It’s no surprise that he ended up receiving 25 offers, and picked the Huskies over the likes of Miami, Michigan State, and Florida State among others.
Moore is going into his second season at Independence Community College, which has been featured on two seasons of Netflix’s Last Chance U.
Having played in one of the toughest junior college leagues in the country, Moore is going to be ready to contribute from day one. Washington has an incredible stockpile of talent at tight end, including Cade Otton, who could declare for the NFL Draft after the 2020 season. Devin Culp is an uber-athletic talent who is going to take a big step forward in his development during the 2020 season, and now you can add Mark Redman to the mix. The 6’6 freshman has similar measurables to Moore and an incredibly similar play style. Both guys are excellent run blockers who are matchup nightmares in the passing game.
Don’t be surprised to see Redman and Moore on the field a lot together during the 2021 season, as two targets like that can be a quarterback’s best friend. With Moore having two years of eligibility left, it’ll be crucial to work him into the rotation quickly, and he should hopefully be able to enroll at Washington for the winter quarter. Enrolling in the winter and getting him familiar with the offense is incredibly important to make sure he can play early. Lake has stressed the importance of continuing to utilize tight ends in the offense the same way Chris Petersen did, so it seems like there’s going to be a big role for Moore.
Who’s left at the position?
After taking Caden Jumper a few weeks ago, who will probably end up playing fullback, there’s room for one more tight end in this class. Now the question is, who will it be?
The top target is four-star Moliki Matavo from Nevada, who announced he’ll be committing on May 27th. The rumor mill is abuzz that he’s going to end up at Oregon, but only time will tell.
Another is four-star Brock Bowers, who seems to be heading to Georgia, but the Napa, California product might still be swayed if tight ends coach Derham Cato can get him to visit campus once the dead period is over.
Any of these three players would be a great way to round out this recruiting class, and a great compliment to Moore’s elite skillset. Congratulations to Quentin on his commitment, and we can’t wait to watch him play in purple and gold!