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May 13, 2014

Moorman Commits Out of State

The Wisconsin Badgers added another key piece to their 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday morning when offensive tackle David Moorman announced his commitment to Wisconsin. Moorman was quick to make his decision: the Badgers offered him less than a week ago.

Skillset

A Rivals.com three-star prospect, Moorman is listed as an offensive tackle prospect. He's ranked five spots ahead of fellow Badger commit Jon Dietzen, who committed to Wisconsin on Sunday. Moorman seems like a good candidate to stick as an offensive tackle: he's already listed at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, and he has the flexibility to play either right tackle or left tackle for the Badgers in the future.

With Dietzen already looking like a candidate for right tackle, don't be surprised if the Badgers look to Moorman on the left side first. Moorman was also ranked as the No. 3 prospect in Michigan.

Immediate Impact

Just like Dietzen, Moorman's commitment is a big one for the Badgers. For one thing, it shows that they have some pull with out-of-state offensive linemen. They missed out on now-Illinois commit Gabe Megginson, and most of their top offensive line prospects from the last few recruiting cycles have grown up in Wisconsin.

Michigan has also been a tough place for the Badgers to recruit in the past: they haven't signed a player from the Wolverine state since 2009, when Jacob Pedersen and Zac Matthias joined the program.

Analyst's Take

From Rivals.com Midwest Recruiting Analyst Josh Helmholdt (@JoshHelmholdt):

"I was really surprised it took this long for Moorman's recruitment to take off. He has one of the best junior films of any offensive linemen in the Midwest this year, and he validated it with a tremendous showing at the Rivals Camp in April. Moorman has an ideal frame for the offensive line - great length, very little extra weight, yet good bulk. To complement it he plays light on his feet and is an overall good athlete. Right tackle is probably his natural position in college, though I cannot rule out him playing left tackle."

Program Fit

Again, like Dietzen, Moorman is another prototypical fit for a program that has had a lot of success developing offensive linemen recently. If he has the athleticism to protect a quarterback in space and support the run game the Badgers could very well have already found their book ends for the future of their offensive line.

Recruiting the position

Now that Dietzen and Moorman are on board the Badgers are still probably going to try and sign three more offensive linemen in their 2015 signing class. They could use some reinforcements on the interior of the line now that they have verbal commitments from two tackles, so look to see if they keep recruiting James Daniels from Ohio to fill the center spot for them.

They could use a few guards as well to round out their offensive line signing class, but they have to feel good about where they're sitting with two tackles in the fold before camp season even starts.


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