Sting Issue: Denzel Moore’s suspension from Indiana

When a large program loses a key recruit, Rivals.com investigates how difficult it is for that school and analyzes it locally and nationally. To quantify the “trick” of each waiver, we assign a score from 1 to 10, with one being no big deal and 10 being a catastrophic hit.

THE PLOT

When Denzel Moore moved to in late March, it was a massive recruiting win for coach Tom Allen and his staff.

Moore plays with many talented players at Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill. He’s a talented linebacker by 2023. And Moore already has more than 20 offers for the summer.

His promise was definitely a big deal for the Hoosiers as they try to build on last season’s momentum and continue to challenge other Big Ten teams.

But only after a month of engagement has Moore withdrawn his promise in the past few days and one reason he gave for his decision is because so many new programs came into play with his recruitment.

On Wednesday, the 2023 linebacker released its June visit schedule, which includes stops at Georgia Tech, Auburn, Indiana, the state of Florida, Purdue, Coastal Carolina, and the state of Mississippi. Tennessee, Notre Dame, Alabama, and others have also checked in recently.

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LOCAL REACTION

“To see Moore abandon his commitment is a surprise as he seemed like a safe lock on and talked a lot about Tom Allen and the staff when he made the commitment. He had previously stated that he was looking forward to being a Hoosier and that he loved the Indiana family. I’m not sure what happened, and if he goes this season, chances are Moore will continue to look good. “- Paul Gable, TheHoosier.com

Stitch factor: 4

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NATIONAL REACTION

had some great recruiting news recently when four-star linebacker Dasan McCullough freaked out of Ohio, but Moore’s suspension hurts a little. He’s a talented Southeast boy, and the Hoosiers aren’t stacked enough to lose promises from anyone in any class, though it would be a while before he got to Bloomington. Moore is in Indiana this summer so the Hoosiers can’t be counted just yet and he loves the coaches there, but I think he’d like to see more schools and see which Southeast programs get more involved before finalizing his decision. Early commitments from a non-government perspective often don’t last long, and Moore joins this group. But Indiana is still involved and has to fight to get him back into class. “- Adam Gorney, National Director of Recruiting

Stitch factor: 5

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