Commitment Date: November 2, 2012
Hometown: Fort Meade, MD
High School: Wilde Lake High School
Weight: 285 lbs.
ESPN Rank: #143 OT, 3-star
Scout.com Rank: #68 OT, 3-star
Rivals Rank: N/A, 3-star OT
247Sports Rank: #119 OT, 3-star
40 time: 5.00 secs. (Rivals); 4.90 secs. (247Sports); N/A (ESPN, Scout.com)
Other Offers: Boston College, Delaware, Duke, East Carolina, Navy, Old Dominion, Rutgers
Moise Larose truly is a player who has equal talent on both sides of the ball. Whether he plays on the offensive or defensive line, he uses his physicality and size to his advantage. This versatility is really going to help the Terps in the future, since everyone knows that Big Ten Conference games are won and lost in the trenches.
While Larose can play both sides of the ball, most recruiting analysts see him as an offensive tackle. Having a solid 3-star recruit who can play offensive tackle or play on the defensive line is definitely something that the Maryland coaches are going to love. The Terps already have a similar player in Nate Clarke, who has switched from offensive to defensive line multiple times for the Terps.
Larose originally committed to Rutgers, but switched his commitment to Maryland. He cited Maryland’s forensic science program and the proximity to home as his primary reasons for switching his commitment. The Terps’ offensive and defensive lines will both need extra players in the coming years. In 2013, the defensive line will lose 2 of its 3 starters from 2012 (A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano). By 2014, the offensive line will have lost 3 of its 5 starters from 2012 (De’Onte Arnett, Bennett Fulper, Justin Gilbert). The offensive line will also lose key backup Nick Klemm, who should see time starting at offensive tackle in 2013.
If Larose can impress the coaches and play well, he should get playing time immediately. In the near future, he can contribute on the defensive line. His size allows him to play defensive end in the Terps’ 3-4 scheme. From there, he can fill in on whichever side of the ball that the Terps need him to. His versatility allows for a lot of flexibility, which makes him very valuable to Maryland in the coming years.