One of the biggest storylines in college football has been the status of Dante Moore with the UCLA Bruins. The program’s future is unknown at this point and everyone wants to know where Moore will transfer now that he’s announced his intentions.
Where are his ideal landing spots? We dive into that below.
Dante Moore Landing Spots
Dante Moore committed to the Oregon Ducks at one point during his recruitment, and many believed he would go to Eugene. A last-minute change saw him commit to UCLA, but now he’d have a chance to get back with Oregon.
Once Bo Nix leaves campus, the Ducks will need someone to step in at QB, and there isn’t a proven player behind him. Ty Thompson figures to get the next shot, but Moore would be a challenger for the starting spot anyway.
Assuming J.J. McCarthy goes pro, Michigan needs someone to step up and replace him. Is there someone on the roster that can do that? Right now, the answer is uncertain, but Moore would be in that conversation if he returned to his home state.
Michigan has the talent and the track record to put Moore in good situations. Sherrone Moore has done a great job of helping the offense dominate, and Dante would get a great shot to start in Ann Arbor.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him consider Michigan State, a school that some thought he would choose coming out of high school, either. The Spartans desperately need a boost at the position after this year, and the Jonathan Smith would win a lot of fans over by bringing Moore home.
Once Jordan Travis departs, Mike Norvell will need a future quarterback. The Norvell-Dante Moore combination makes a lot of sense. Florida State’s head coach has done a great job of developing his quarterbacks into big-time threats, and Moore would be the latest (and potentially greatest) of the group.
He’d be the most talented quarterback Norvell’s coached, and that bodes well for a Seminoles team looking to stay at the top of the ACC. Right now, Moore needs guidance. His first start raised the hype surrounding his game, but a rough game against Utah damaged his confidence.
Florida State pushed for him out of high school, so you can bet they’d show interest in Moore in the portal. Norvell and his staff bring a lot to the table, too, so there’s upside for Moore to head East.
Depending on who returns, Washington could vault to the top of the Dante Moore sweepstakes. Even if the Huskies’ explosive trio of receivers depart, they have plenty of other options for Moore to utilize.
Kalen DeBoer has done an incredible job of turning both Jake Haener (Fresno State) and Michael Penix Jr. (Washington) into NFL players, and he can do it with Moore too. The former five-star wants to get to the next level, and DeBoer has proven he can get him there.
If Ryan Grubb gets promoted to a head coaching job, then maybe this spot isn’t as appealing. But I trust DeBoer to find a replacement offensive coordinator that makes Washington a serious contender to get Moore up north.
Maybe Dante Moore stays out West and even within the city of Los Angeles by joining the Bruins’ rival. Caleb Williams is all but gone from USC, and that means Lincoln Riley needs a future star. Moore brings plenty of excitement to the table, and Riley is a great coach for quarterbacks looking to get to the next level.
This combo would be more like what Riley had with Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma, but that still means plenty of explosive plays. USC has a number of big-time weapons returning next year, and they aren’t afraid to use the portal to bring in more. So, naturally, they’d be an enticing landing spot for Moore to consider.