Forward Matthew Moyer, a former four-star recruit, is leaving Syracuse after his redshirt freshman season. Today’s big coaching news could mean one school is a big favorite to land him.
Moyer missed his true freshman season to injury. This year, he played in most games for the Orange, but his role fluctuated throughout the year.
He’s a talented player, and by all accounts, a very good teammate, so there’s no surprise that Moyer has drawn a ton of attention as a transfer. On Friday, his mother revealed the eight schools that have reached out and are being considered. Via Syracuse.com:
Already, she has narrowed a list to eight schools, some of which initially recruited her son. Those schools: Xavier, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Kansas State, Iowa, Creighton, Alabama and Iowa State. The Moyers are attempting to set up a visit to Vanderbilt. And they are awaiting word on who will replace Chris Mack at Xavier. (Mack recently took the Louisville job.)
That last note could wind up being a big one. Today, Xavier announced the promotion of associate head coach Travis Steele.
The Travis Steele hire could very well mean that Xavier is the favorite to land Matthew Moyer.
Moyer is a native of Columbus, Ohio. As you’d imagine, as one of the top players in the state a few years ago, Mack, Steele, and the Xavier staff was very interested in him.
Moyer’s mother told Syracuse.com that they have a very good relationship with Steele. From Donna Ditota’s report:
The Moyers forged a “good relationship” with Xavier coaches and if Mack’s assistant, Travis Steele, succeeds Mack at Xavier, the Moyers will visit there, too. Matt Moyer can take up to five official visits before settling on a school.
“If Travis gets the job,” Annette Moyer said, “we’d immediately set up a visit. We were close to Travis and to Chris Mack.”
She stopped short of saying that Xavier would become the front-runner. That note certainly makes it seem as thought it could be the case, though.