As we’ve discussed before, Oklahoma State is making linebacker a priority for their 2020 class. Despite commitments already from two in-state prospects in Brynden Walker and Cole Thompson, the coaching staff handed out offers to three more 2020 linebacker prospects.
First up, Oklahoma State is now the 10th program to offer 2020 outside linebacker prospect Aaron Moore.
The three-star LB/DE from Murfreesboro, Tennessee also has offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Purdue, Memphis, Rutgers, Tulane, UTSA, Charlotte, and Austin Peay. More cut Charlotte, Rutgers, and Austin Peay from the schools in the running back in February. The Razorbacks are currently considered the favorites.
Last season for the Oakland Patriots, Moore played in all 15 games, racking up 63 total tackles, including 12 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. He also had seven QB hurries and blocked two punts on special teams.
Also, this 480-pound squat is pretty awesome.
Next up is the second linebacker prospect from the state of New Jersey to get an OSU offer; 2020 linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave.
OSU is the 15th program to extend an offer the three-star inside linebacker, joining Texas A&M, West Virginia, Miami, Syracuse, Maryland, Minnesota, Baylor, and Kansas State, among others. So far, Austin-Cave has made unofficial visits to Rutgers, West Virginia and Texas A&M.
Ok let’s just get this out of the way; I don’t understand how a kid is rated as a three-star prospect after a junior season where he totaled 162(!!!) tackles. They weren’t flukes either. Watch his highlights and you’ll see a kid who is patient and fast, explaining why he does such a good job of getting to the ball. He also had 18 TFLs, one sack, one forced fumble, and three pass deflections.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that he was a kickoff specialist for Camden with three kicks for 110 yards and one kickoff return for 28 yards, and on offense he had seven carries for 16 yards
Yeah, he would be a nice get.
Finally, OSU also offered outside linebacker Kendarrius Moore out of West Memphis, Arkansas.
OSU is the fifth program to offer the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker, but the first power-five program, joining Navy, Arkansas State, Louisiana Monroe, and Liberty.
While 247’s composite has Moore unranked, the site’s experts have him as a three-star prospect and the 8th best player in Arkansas for 2020.
As a junior, Moore put up 69 total tackles including 17.5 TFLs (!!!) and one sack. He also broke up five passes, forced a fumble, and grabbed four interceptions.
He does a good job playing against the run with a good eye for the ball, and also looks really good in pass coverage.
I’ll be honest, if OSU can’t land a visit to Stillwater, I have a hard time seeing them land either of Aaron Moore or Austin-Cave just because of how late in the game it is. Kendarrius on the other hand, they might have an edge with, just because they’re the only P5 offer so far.
Linebacker, inside and out, will remain a position group to keep an eye on as this recruiting cycle continues.