As the Clemson Tigers continue using the spring to evaluate players in the Class of 2019, offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell recently extended an offer to Virginia offensive lineman Makai Moore.
Moore is a 3-star prospect who is ranked by the 247Sports composite rankings as the No. 20 guard in the country. But at 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds, he has the versatility to play tackle, and it appears Caldwell and the Tigers are selling Moore on the big dream of replacing Mitch Hyatt at left tackle.
“[Caldwell] was telling my coach that the left tackle is leaving after this year and that I have a good chance of coming in and making an impact at left tackle,” Moore said, according to David Hood of TigerNet.com. “He told me that Hyatt played as a true freshman and I would love to be able to play as a true freshman.
“It doesn’t matter to me whether I play guard or tackle. I have been working out at both guard and tackle because I don’t know where I will be playing in college. A lot of coaches tell me that I am going to be playing tackle, so I have been working on both because I have no idea where I will be playing.”
Of course, that’s a tall order for a freshman and Hyatt was highly touted as a 5-star prospect in the Class of 2015. However, Moore certainly has talent and ability, as evidenced by offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State, Penn State, Virginia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Those last four offers mentioned appear to be the schools that Clemson will be competing with the most for his services, with Penn State listed as the projected destination by 88 percent of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball experts.
Still, the Tigers have a need on the offensive line and they seem to think Moore can help fill that need and perhaps even step in for Hyatt in 2019.