5. Dante Moore, UCLA
Former UCLA quarterback Dante Moore is one of just two players on this list who is not a dual threat, but his upside is just so incredibly high, that it’s hard to imagine every QB-needy coach isn’t at least entertaining the thought of coaching him up.
Moore was a five-star recruit, the highest rated in the history of UCLA recruiting, but his first season fell flat. He threw for 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions and was sacked 25 times. He was never able to find a rhythm in Chip Kelly’s offense.
The exciting thing about Moore is his arm talent. His season was full of highlights, and his connection with J Michael Sturdivant produced electric results.
With a younger coach who’s more willing to adapt on offense, and more big-play threats (Auburn football is also in the market for wideouts in the portal), Moore’s upside could be tapped into on the plains, even if he isn’t the runner the Tigers are used to seeing at the position.
4. Jordan McCloud, James Madison
James Madison’s Jordan McCloud is the runner that Auburn is more accustomed to. He’s not Cam Newton or Nick Marshall, but in 2023 he carried the ball 92 times for 311 yards and 8 touchdowns.
He was especially great through the air, compiling 3,413 yards, 32 touchdowns compared to just 9 interceptions, and a passer rating of 167.4.
This would be the 4th stop for McCloud, a senior who previously played at USF and Arizona before getting to James Madison. He’s been good everywhere, but 2023 was his breakout. What better way to cap off his career than a special season at Auburn? If they were able to hang with Georgia and Alabama on defense and the running game, imagine what they’ll do with a player like McCloud at quarterback.