Virginia offensive lineman Jakai Moore is nearing his college decision. He’s down to three big programs, with a set of hated rivals involved.
Moore, a three-star composite recruit per 247Sports, is ranked No. 477 in the class of 2019. He’s the No. 26 guard in the country, and the 13th-ranked recruit from Virginia
He’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds over at 247.
Jakai Moore’s high school coach says that the lineman is down to Clemson, Penn State, and South Carolina.
He’s been to Columbia on an official visit, and took unofficials to schools like Florida, Miami, and Ohio State, as well as Penn State.
Now, he’s down to the Tigers, Nittany Lions, and Gamecocks. From The State:
Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell was in on Tuesday night to watch Moore in a basketball game. He also scouted him during the season. Gamecocks offensive line coach Eric Wolford also is expected to visit Moore this week. Will Muschamp and Penn State coach James Franklin are scheduled to visit on the 14th.
This weekend, Moore will take an official visit to Penn State, and he’s scheduled to see Clemson officially the following weekend.
Clemson may be the most consistently successful program of the group over the last few years, but the Tigers may be running in third in this recruitment.
247‘s crystal ball has Penn State as a slight favorite over South Carolina, with no Clemson predictions. However, the Tigers are a late entrant into the field, and haven’t put on the full-court press yet, according to his high school coach Brud Bicknell:
Clemson was not on Moore early as strongly as USC was but Caldwell has been doing what he can to make up for that and has opened some eyes.
“Coach Caldwell has done a great job recruiting him but it’s been a one-man deal,” Bicknell said. “South Carolina, it’s been more of a full staff. It seems more of a group effort than Clemson. Coach Caldwell and I have had some good talks as far as his interest.”
According to the report, Moore plans to have a decision in time for the early signing period, which begins on December 19, but he will not enroll early.