Name: Kendall Moore
Position: Tight End
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Neal F. Simeon High School
2013 Stats: Despite being originally recruited as an offensive lineman, Moore ended up being slotted in at tight end. He played in 12 games at that position last fall, recording six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.
2014 Projections: While he's behind fellow sophomore Josh Parris on the depth chart, we can expect plenty of two-tight end sets this year and a much great utilization of the position than 2013's offense. As the offense opens up, both he and Parris could function as safety valves for Terrel Hunt in certain sets.
How'd He Get Here: Syracuse's DeAndre Smith flipped him from Western Michigan. At the time of the change, he'd also given some thought to a bunch of lesser Big Ten schools, but obviously didn't go in that direction.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Everyone gave him a subjective three stars, and Rivals said he was the 61st-best offensive tackle in the country (and 18th-best player in the state of Illinois).
Money Quote: From George McDonald: "We recruited him as a projection at tackle and we thought his body would just grow and grow, but right now it's at that plateau where it's just staying in the 250s. That's way too light to be a tackle, and he did a great job for us at tight end last year, so we're going to leave him at tight end to kind of figure it out."
Links Of Wonder: Kendall Moore jumped in to play some center during the Spring Game in April, and actually laid one of the best blocks of the afternoon. His offensive line experience paid off quite a bit in that regard.
Twitterfeed: N/A -- Kendall's one of the few athletes aged 18-23 that does not have a Twitter feed.
Tweets Of Wonder: More on why Moore decided to flip to Syracuse:
What Does Shafer Think Of Him: Reading this in the Scott Shafer voice in my head, this sounds dead-on (from last offseason when Moore was recruited): "We've got him at 6-5, 250, and he might be a little taller than that. He’s from the South Side of Chicago. The thing that’s interesting about him is we have him as an offensive lineman, but he can do different things. He can play tight end, he runs that well."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Kendall is named after his father, Chicago Talk Show host Kendall Moore. Here's a picture of them from the Penn State game last year:
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha: An interview between Kendall and Dan Tortora last summer, just a month before the season started: