Meet Sherrone Moore — a 32-year-old man from Derby, Kansas who acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in communications at Oklahoma in 2008.
Ten years later, that degree is being put to good use. Just not the way he probably thought it’d be used.
Moore was hired on as Michigan’s new tight ends coach in January. He comes over from Central Michigan University — my alma mater — where he also coached tight ends from 2014-17.
During his time at CMU, Moore worked and developed All-MAC tight ends Ben McCord (2014-15) and Tyler Conklin (2015-17).
In 2013, the year before Moore arrived in Mount Pleasant, the team’s tight ends caught 31 balls for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns.
But how did the tight ends do in 2014, Moore’s first year at CMU?
Three tight ends combined 48 catches, 617 yards and 4 touchdowns.
For his two years under Moore’s leadership, McCord hauled in 49 balls for 736 yards and 8 touchdowns. Before Moore arrived, he had just 16 catches for 143 yards and 1 touchdown.
In 2016, Conklin had 42 catches for 560 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns in 12 games. Despite playing in only eight games last year, Conklin had 35 receptions for 504 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.
It was clear development took place with both CMU tight ends, and Moore was a big reason why.
Before CMU, he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville from 2009-11. He was then promoted in 2012 to coach tight ends, and did so from 2012-13.
The year before Moore stepped in as tight ends coach, 2011, the position group as a whole went for 466 yards on 33 catches for just 2 touchdowns.
In Moore’s first season as tight ends coach? A slight regression in yards and catches, but one more touchdown — 409 yards on 30 catches and 3 touchdowns.
2013 saw great improvement, however — 43 catches for 666 yards and 4 touchdowns, all coming from Gerald Christian.
Remember, this was all a part of an offense revolving around dual-threat quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receivers DeVante Parker (40/744/10 in 2012), Eli Rogers (46/505/4) and Andrell Smith (34/536/3).
Along with coaching tight ends, Moore is a part of Michigan’s new wave of young recruiters. Along with linebackers coach Al Washington and safeties/special teams coach Chris Partridge, Moore is expected to go out and get top recruits at several positions.
One player he is recruiting hardest is 5-star safety Daxton Hill. Because of Moore’s efforts, Hill is extremely high on the Wolverines and put them in his top six. They have tough competition from Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but it’s safe to say Moore has put in the work and is keeping Michigan in the thick of things in this recruitment.
Along with Hill, Moore is also heavily recruiting 4-star offensive tackle Trevor Keegan, who also put Michigan in his top six. Moore was also the primary recruiter for 2019 3-star tight end commitment Erick All and 2020 4-star defensive tackle commitment Denver Warren.
Moore has not been as impactful on the recruiting trail as Washington has been so far, but if he can land just one of the two mentioned in Hill or Keegan he could be on his way to being a top tier recruiter for the Michigan Wolverines.
What does this all mean?
Moore has consistently improved and developed tight ends during his young coaching career. He made two All-MAC players out of McCord and Conklin on average CMU offenses, and improved upon a plethora of tight ends on a Louisville offense that heavily utilized wide receivers and its dual-threat quarterback.
He has also been effective on the recruiting trail, forcing Michigan into the conversation for several big-time prospects in the 2019 class. He’s already seeing success from work put in to the 2020 class, as he already has one recruit locked into the program.
Moore was a great hire for Jim Harbaugh. With his connections off the field and results shown on the field, it’s up for debate Moore could be Harbaugh’s best hire this offseason.
It’s clear Moore speaks the language of young high school kids to get them to want to play for them, as well as current college athletes to get the absolute best out of them and develop them for the next level.
He did major in communications after all.