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Belated 33 Days to Kickoff! - Charles Moore

As we continue our march to kickoff, we take a look at the top 100 recruits to sign with Auburn of all-time*. The rankings are based on 247’s composite recruit rankings, which unfortunately only date back to 2000.

THE RECRUIT

Moore had as good a sophomore tape as you will find for a defensive lineman. But a nasty knee injury stole his junior year and he honestly didn’t seem back to 100% through most of his senior season. But both at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and the Under Armour All-America Game it looked like maybe he was getting his step back. Moore’s future is most likely in the interior as a 3-tech though he could also slide out at strongside defensive end. He’s got a long frame but a very quick first step that makes him a nightmare in pass protection for interior offensive lineman. He’s a great fit for what Rodney Garner likes to do with his big fellas up front. - AUNerd

With the trend towards most players signing in the early signing period, a lot of the January recruiting drama from years past has dissipated. Though that’s honestly a good thing for the players, it does make whatever theatrics we do get all the more intriguing. For Auburn in 2019, there were two big storylines to follow in January. Even though Malzahn and Co. lost George Pickens to UGA, they did secure a huge signing from Mississippi defensive lineman Charles Moore.

Moore was a long time Mississippi State commit, but that relationship seemed tenuous at best after Dan Mullen left after the 2017 season. Moore stayed on with the Bulldogs until after the early signing period, before finally decommitting in January and taking several visits to other schoools, including Florida, Florida State, and LSU. He even took a last minute unofficial visit to Starkville just days before National Signing Day. Come the first Wednesday in February, though, Moore ended up choosing the Auburn Tigers. As we’ve hit on before, Auburn’s most recent addition to the defensive staff (Marcus Woodson) has made Mississippi a priority, and Moore will be a part of the trio of Magnolia state defensive linemen that Coach Garner will get to play with, along with Jaren Handy and Derrick Hall.

THE PLAYER

As I recommend with all of the upcoming freshman, take a look at Nerd’s breakdown from their signing day to find out more about their play style. Moore is a big body who will likely end up at tackle, but until he adds more bulk he should be able to play at defensive end, as well. There’s also a world in which Moore redshirts simply due to the numbers Auburn has on the defensive front.