COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland junior receiver DJ Moore broke the school record for receptions in a single season during Maryland's 66-3 loss to Penn State Nov. 25 and now must decide in the coming weeks whether to enter the NFL Draft.
“I’m going to have to take the emotion out of the decision at the end of the day, because it’s going to be a business decision on my part,” Moore said after catching eight passes for 100 yards against Penn State. “Just going to have to figure out what’s best for me at the end of the day.”
Added Moore: “I do feel ready for the next level.”
Moore finished the year with 80 receptions, the new single-season school record. Moore passed Geroy Simon, who caught 77 passes in 1994, with less than a minute to go in the first half. Moore finished the season with 1,033 receiving yards, the third Terp to ever top 1,000 yards in a season. He also caught passes in 33 straight games, a school record.
Moore caught 147 passes for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns from 2015-17. He caught passes from Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe, Shane Cockerille, Daxx Garman, Tyrrell Pigrome, Kasim Hill, Max Bortenschlager and Ryan Brand.
“DJ Moore is a stud,” Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said. “…He set the school record and it’s well deserved. I believe it was said he’s had eight quarterbacks throw to him during the time of his career. That’s a remarkable stat, in many ways. You can flip that a lot of different ways, but I’ll say this: that tells you a lot about that young man. Usually when you have that many catches and those types of yards, there’s a rapport built with one guy. It’s usually a tandem, and he’s had anything but that.”
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Moore is a strong, broad-shouldered receiver who competes well against defensive backs for difficult catches. He also gets in and out of his breaks well, finds soft spots against zone defense and can beat man-to-man coverage over the top. His best skill, however, is how difficult he is to bring down after the catch. Originally recruited by Randy Edsall’s staff for the Terps’ 2015 recruiting class, the Philadelphia native would be a good addition to any wide receiver group in the NFL.
Moore said he’ll work out with Terps strength and conditioning coach Rick Court while pondering his decision.
“Just going to take the process slow, have a meeting with all the coaches and see just what’s best for me,” Moore said.