Michigan State football is reportedly circling back with five-star quarterback Dante Moore. Is there a legit chance here?
Bo Edmundson and Michigan State football have officially parted ways and now the Spartans will be looking to replace him in the 2023 class.
Quarterbacks are tough to come by, especially elite ones, but a familiar name has emerged over the past 24 hours: Dante Moore, a five-star from Detroit.
Andrew Ivins of 247Sports held a Twitter space on Thursday afternoon and spoke about Justin Thind’s recent article about the Spartans re-entering the Moore sweepstakes.
And he had plenty of insight into the recruitment and even said he was buying the smoke.
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) November 3, 2022
“I think he is the most Day 1 ready prospect at the quarterback position in the class,” 247Sports national recruiting analyst Cooper Petagna said.
Petagna went on to say that Moore is good enough to change an entire program. He’s talented enough to have an immediate impact.
“This would completely change the fabric and the dynamic of the Big Ten,” Petagna said. “Even putting him at Michigan State is huge.”
Petagna went on to say he was buying the smoke from this report by Thind. He said he thinks Michigan State will throw everything it has at Moore to try and flip him. Hearing that some of the top recruiting experts in the business aren’t laughing off this report and believe Mel Tucker is the kind of guy who can pull off this move is refreshing.
But honestly, unless Oregon’s offensive coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, gets an offer to be a coach somewhere else and takes it, I think Dante sticks with his commitment.
Ivins and Petagna did say that there’s a chance Dillingham could entertain other offers which would allow another team to swoop in on Dante. Michigan State would have to be a legit threat in that scenario.
It doesn’t hurt Michigan State to throw its name back into the ring and see where it stands with Moore. If he says “thanks but no thanks,” you have to just move on to the next, no harm, no foul. Conversely, if he says that he’d like to see what Michigan State has to offer (NIL-wise and depth chart-wise), you’re at least making him think twice about a commitment.
This is just a smart move by Tucker since he knew he would be moving on from Edmundson, so why not go after the quarterback who was No. 1 on your board in the first place? Plus, he’s shown he can recruit at a high level, so let’s see what he can do.
Do I think the Spartans are going to flip Moore? No, but I do like the aggressiveness of getting back into the race and maybe pitching him something he’ll have to think long and hard about.
Get him on campus one more time before signing day and hope that Dillingham takes a job elsewhere and there’s a legit shot here. Until then, there’s a slim chance. But recruiting experts love the move and so do I.