Player Profile: Rochester RB De’Andre Moon
Posted May 27, 2011 3:30 pm
Photo courtesy of Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
FinestPreps has been hitting you up with tons of top high school football prospects in the state of Pennsylvania since we started!
It’s been our bread-and-butter and today we dive back into that arena!
Today we’re taking a look at a prospect who happened to play a leading role in the Rochester Rams three-pronged rushing attack last season.
Blessed with a punishing running style–this tailback is an absolute load, tipping the scales at 5’9″, 220 pounds.
He was the Rams’ leading rusher last season and helped lead them to the WPIAL Class A final.
Who’s the bruising tailback that you should look out for in the 2012 recruiting class?
That would be none other than Rochester (Rochester, Pa.) running back De’Andre Moon (pictured above–right).
Standing at an imposing 5’9″, 220 pounds, Moon is blessed with tremendous size and power at the running back position.
When you watch him run in his highlight package below–the first thing that jumps out at you is how good his pad level is when he initiates contact with defenders in the open field.
He’s excellent at keeping his shoulders and upper body extremely low to the ground, allowing him to plow through defenders like a battering ram.
In his highlight tape he does rip off a few runs of 40 plus yards but Moon truly excels in short yardage situations.
As a coach, you would love to have a player like him on your roster because you know when it’s third and short in crunch time, this running back can pummel his way for those tough yards quite easily.
If you need to punch the football in around the goal line, then Mr. Moon is your man.
One of the best power running backs in the 2012 class, you simply won’t find many that can bring the pain quite like Moon can.
When this train is running downhill, defenders have to cringe at the point of contact.
He’s simply so strong and powerful you’ll rarely see the first defender bring him down.
As a junior last year, Moon pounded and pummeled his way to the tune of 931 rushing yards on 107 carries (8.7 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns.
He was named to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Fabulous 22–their selection of the top football players in Western Pennsylvania.
The talented tailback was also a Big Seven first-team pick at running back.
As impressive as he is at the tailback position, it’s hard to ignore how much talent he as a linebacker.
He’s a highly disruptive force in the backfield and slings opposing players to the turf with ease (please see picture above).
It’s easy to see when a player loves contact in the game of football and there’s no question Moon lives for the head on collision!
While his profile page on Scout.com currently doesn’t list any scholarship offers, look for interest in the talented tailback to heat up as time passes along!
Remember when you see #11 running downhill this fall and you hear the crack of the pads and helmets, you already know who’s won that battle–Mr. Moon!
Wade Peery is the senior writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out the junior highlights of De’Andre Moon below–courtesy of FinestPreps.com!