It’s not too often a player from SEC-country transfers to a West Coast school. But the NCAA Transfer Portal has brought plenty of surprising moves with it.
Auburn 4-star defensive end Charles Moore wasn’t happy with his playing time with the Tigers. So the highly-touted prospect is heading to a school desperate for players of his caliber – Oregon State.
It was announced on Thursday that Moore – who left Auburn in September – is now attending classes at Oregon State University. He won’t be eligible to play this year. But early speculation says the defensive end will be granted eligibility for the start of the 2020 season.
Here’s Moore’s official announcement on Twitter.
— A'Rasta Lion 🦁 (@CharlesMoore_11) November 7, 2019
Make no doubt about it, this is a monumental pickup for coach Jonathan Smith and the Beavers. Smith has utilized the transfer portal well, signing once elite prospects who’ve been displeased with playing time at other schools.
Smith’s selling pitch to the big man? You can play right away.
Oregon State has been the worst team in the Pac-12 for many years. But ever since Smith took over, the trajectory of the program is going up.
Moore rated as the No. 6 SDE and No. 69 overall prospect in the 2019 class according to 247Sports. He fielded offers from nearly every SEC program during his recruitment, so the move out west is a bit surprising.
The Beavers are slowly gaining momentum in the recruiting world.