New wide receivers coach Jacob Peeler has made a splash since arriving on campus. He has added his own twist to WRU by dubbing the name “NWO (Nasty Wide Outs)”, got his first commitment as an Ole Miss coach when three-star Demarcus Gregory announced his pledge to Peeler, and now he is out-recruiting two of the nation’s best for an Under Armour All-American now that four-star Elijah Moore has announced that he is flipping from Georgia to the Rebels and signing early.
Moore, a do-it-all playmaker for national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), decided to flip his pledge from Kirby Smart and the do-it-the-right-way Go Dawgs sic ‘em and picked the Rebs over hometown Miami and Mark Richt, as well as Urban Meyer and Ohio State, among others.
Despite committing to Smart and UGA earlier this year in August, Moore started to rethink his verbal pledge after a home visit from Peeler and he ultimately decided that he wanted to join four-star Matt Corral and the rest of the #MississippiMade crew in the 2018 class.
Elijah holds offers from the aforementioned Buckeyes and Canes along with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, TCU, Tennessee, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin among many, many more. According to 247Sports, Moore is ranked as the No. 197 player in the country as well as the No. 38 wide receiver in the country.
Thoughts and prayers in advance to all the Georgia Bulldog fans who just got over the tragedy that was Laremy Tunsil choosing the cheetin Ole Pi$$ Bearsharks over the beloved purveyors of amateurism in Athens and will undoubtedly have diapers that need changing now.
How does he fit in?
The 5’11, 181-pounder from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a tremendous get for Coach Peeler and Ole Miss. There’s no other way around it. He is a quick-twitch athlete who has been a part of three 7A state championship teams coached by former NFL greats like Sam Madison and Jason Taylor. Moore will be someone who is going to thrive in Longo Ball, an offense that specializes in finding and exposing space.
The Under Armour All-American’s suddenness in the open-field paired with his home run speed will be a site to behold at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Despite his diminutive stature, he is an aggressive receiver who does a phenomenal job of attacking the ball in the air and winning those one-on-one battles against defenders. In his final year as a Raider, he had 28 catches for 407 yards and five touchdowns.
He is an explosive receiver with game-changing athleticism and will be an ideal utility guy for the spread who can change the pace for the Ole Miss offense. His flexibility in the slot and backfield is only going to open things up for the big-bodied dudes on the outside. Think Percy Harvin. And if that’s too long ago, think Sterling Shepard. Yeah, how was that?
And you better believe offensive coordinator Phil Longo and Matt Corral are geeked up for the possibilities now that Moore is in the fold. This is why Peeler is one of the nation’s best when it comes to identifying talent and closing the deal. He went toe-to-toe with the biggest programs in the country and was able to demonstrate why Ole Miss and Oxford is a place to come and put up lots of yards and score lots of points.