Syracuse Football: Josh Moore picks Stanford; Orange change direction

Three-star safety Josh Moore commits to Stanford over Syracuse football. SU misses out on one target but has not stopped looking to bolster its secondary.

On May 12, three-star safety Josh Moore out of Atlanta listed his top six schools when it comes to his recruitment, and Syracuse football made the cut. A few days later on May 16, Moore then hinted to making his announcement on May 19. Well, May 19 has come and unfortunately for the Orange, Moore is taking his talents elsewhere.

Moore announced Tuesday that he has committed to the Stanford Cardinal in its 2021 recruiting class. A top-50 recruit in Georgia proves how talented Moore is, as the Peach State is a hotbed of high school talent. That includes Moore’s teammate at the Marist School, 2021 defensive end/linebacker Derek McDonald, who committed to the Orange on May 5.

While McDonald’s commitment gave Syracuse some added hope once the Orange was listed in Moore’s final six, Syracuse was always seen as a long shot. Moore confirmed that to after his commitment.

“It was a final three for me, and of course I thought about Notre Dame and Northwestern hard for sometime,” Moore said to

After missing out on Moore,  Syracuse will need to change its approach if if wants to add more depth to the safety core. The Orange has already received a commitment from one safety in Malcolm Folk from Newton Square, Pennsylvania. also has the Orange “warm,” when it comes to the chance to land another three-star safety. This time from Desmond Igbinosun out of Union, New Jersey. Igbinosun is projected to pick Rutgers on May 20 when he is scheduled to announce, according to Crystal Ball Predictions on

Syracuse is hoping to make the flip but will look to bolster its secondary in more ways in the coming weeks.

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