A former Michigan recruiting target who hails from the Mitten State is expected to enter the transfer portal. As first reported by 247Sports’ Matt Zenitz, former five-star quarterback Dante Moore will be playing college football elsewhere in 2024.
UCLA five-star freshman QB Dante Moore is set to enter the transfer portal, he tells @247sports.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) November 30, 2023
Moore was a top-five overall recruit in the 2023 recruiting class. Will add a highly-talented young QB to the transfer market.https://t.co/DqOlYO6x6v pic.twitter.com/uLxVcEMlKr
Hailing from Detroit, Moore originally committed to Oregon, but flipped his commitment to UCLA prior to National Signing Day last year. The decorated high school quarterback spent one season at UCLA, and things didn’t go exactly as planned. He completed just 53.5 percent of his passes for 1,610 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He began the season as the backup, eventually became the starter, but wound up back on the bench after some midseason struggles.
The Michigan Wolverines very well could need a new starting quarterback next season. J.J. McCarthy is eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft, and he is popping up in the first round of way-too-early mock drafts. Should he declare for the draft, the Wolverines will be in dire need of a new quarterback — their room would currently consist of Alex Orji, Jayden Denegal, Davis Warren and 2024 four-star Jadyn Davis.
However, this won’t be a slam dunk recruitment. According to 247Sports’ Allen Trieu ($), teams like Oregon, Florida State and Miami — along with Michigan — will also likely be interested in pursuing him out of the portal. Those three other teams will also be in need of a quarterback next season, so the competition will be tough.
But Michigan has a lot to sell here. McCarthy has been one of the nation’s elite quarterbacks this season under Jim Harbaugh, Sherrone Moore and Kirk Campbell, with the latter being a huge upgrade — especially on the recruiting trail — over former quarterbacks coach Matt Weiss, who reportedly wasn’t stellar at recruiting Moore when he was in high school. Moore would be able to compete right away, and probably win, the starting job next season. Furthermore, he would be able to return home and see his family a lot more than when he was on the West Coast.
All in all, this is the best of both worlds for both parties involved. Michigan should reach out to Moore, at the very least, regardless if McCarthy comes back to college or not. Hopefully Moore is a little bit more receptive this time around should he receive a phone call from the 734 area code.