101 Days of BC Football: Malachi Moore, #87


Oh look, more 2012 Boston College football recruits from New Jersey. The Garden State pipeline is bringing them up to Boston, and the latest feature is Malachi Moore.

Moore is a native of North Jersey, with BC listing his residence as Hackettstown. He went to high school up in Sparta, NJ at Pope John XXIII Regional High. Moore was a star on the Lions’ football team (and basketball team, for that matter), earning praise for his performance as a defensive end. In his senior season of 2011, he was named to the second-team all-state team by the Newark Star-Ledger, amongst others. This came off of a year where he registered 60 tackles and 14 sacks.

This is a tall kid, measuring at 6-7 and 250 pounds. Yet it was his skill that got him noticed by Boston College, though only the Eagles, Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Temple Owls offered him scholarships. Recruiting service Rivals gave him two stars and ESPN didn’t rate him, but 24-7 gave him three. Whatever the case, Moore may not have left himself a lot of time to accumulate more offers, because he apparently had his heart set on Boston College for a long time and verballed literally right after getting BC’s.

Moore definitely wants to be here, and that’s a point in his favor, but when will he play? That’s a good question, because there’s no guarantee it will be in 2012. True, BC did burn some freshman redshirts on the defensive line last year, but even if they did, it’s not likely Moore would get much out of it. He’d be one of the tallest guys on BC’s defensive line, but is lighter than almost everyone else of importance here. The school might give him the extra year to bulk up and observe.