|Camp standout Moore is one to watch in 2014|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
Rising junior offensive lineman Isiah Moore has been making a name for himself on camp circuit. He was among the top performers at the Michigan summer camp in June, but began to attract the eye of college recruiters even before that. According to Tiffin (Ohio) Columbian head coach Brian Colatruglio, he began to realize that he had something special this spring.
“It kind of started up this spring,” noted the coach. “He went to one of the Nike SPARQ combines and had a pretty good showing. Shortly thereafter, we had a quite a few schools coming in this spring that obviously don’t normally make to Tiffin, Ohio. We realized then that he’s probably going to gets some major attention.
“Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia – those were some of the bigger ones that came in this spring.”
Standing in at 6-4, 280 pounds, Colatruglio was able to gain some insight from college coaches on what has attracted their attention with Moore.
“I know they liked his size and he had a really good pro agility time,” he explained. “For his size, he can move. I know that was the thing that probably got him the attention to begin with. Now it’s going to be up to him. Now he needs to put it on film. I know everybody liked him at the camps in shorts and helmets, so now they want to see him in pads and what he can do on the field. A good season this year will put him right on the front page of a lot of people’s books.
“Obviously he’s got the frame and the big body that you look for in a big time lineman. Starting this off-season, he’s started to put together that work ethic, putting that time in the weight room. He really went from being kind of a soft 275 to now being a pretty chiseled 280. He’s just really increased his strength and speed, and had a great off-season.”
Moore played on both sides of the ball last season, working at offensive tackle and defensive end. This coming fall, he will continue to man the same spot on offense, but will shift inside to the defensive tackle position.
“Last year as a sophomore was his first year playing varsity,” noted Colatruglio. “He was a two-way player for us and we had a pretty good team. By the end of the year, he really had progressed and started being a pretty dominant lineman.
“With his increase in speed and athleticism from a year ago, we really look for him to be our go-to guy. We’re going to run behind him. We really expect him to be a pretty dominant player for us this year.”
Colatruglio went on to offer praise of his young pupil’s character off the field as well.
“He’s a good kid,” stated the coach. “He takes care of himself in the classroom. He’s a good teammate. He works hard. He’s going to take care of himself these next two years and hopefully get himself a scholarship.”