The Detroit News is counting down the top 15 players on its list of Blue Chip football recruits. Today: No. 5 David Moorman of Northville.
Wisconsin has been known for its healthy supply of high-profile offensive linemen, a big reason David Moorman of Northville decided to continue his football at the Big Ten school.
Moorman, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle, was thrilled to get an offer from then-Badgers coach Gary Andersen during his junior year. Moorman accepted, but after the 2014 season, Andersen left to take over the head coaching job at Oregon State.
"It was crazy," said Moorman of learning of Andersen's departure. "I was shocked. I found out over Twitter. Then, the phone blew up -- so many calls, reporters, everybody."
Through it all, Moorman remained committed to the Badgers.
"I have complete faith in (Wisconsin athletic director) Barry Alvarez," Moorman said. "Coach (Paul) Chryst is a real good guy and I feel he'll do a good job. Plus, Wisconsin is known for their offensive linemen. It has a beautiful campus and it's not too far from home."
Wisconsin does have a long line of outstanding linemen, four picked in the first round of the NFL draft during the last half-dozen years, starting with Joe Thomas of the Browns (2007), Gabe Carimi of the Falcons (2011 with Bears), Kevin Zeitler of the Bengals (2012) and Travis Frederick of the Cowboys (2013).
Chryst was offensive coordinator at Wisconsin from 2005-11 before taking over as head coach at Pittsburgh (2012-14).
While Chryst was at Wisconsin, the Badgers set a school record for scoring (34.3) in 2005, then made consecutive Rose Bowl appearances in 2010 and '11.
Moorman says his "unmatched aggression" sets him apart as a football player.
"My toughness on the field," Moorman said. "I think I play with unmatched aggression. I fire off the line, killing the guy across from me."
The highlight of Moorman's senior season was the game against Novi, a 45-14 Northville win.
"We all played to our full potential and I got in a couple of memorable blocks," he said.
Now, Moorman will try to get some more memorable blocks as a member of the Badgers, the way Wisconsin's linemen blocked for Melvin Gordon this season to make Gordon the nation's top rusher with 2,587 yards and 29 TD.
DETROIT NEWS BLUE CHIP COUNTDOWN
No. 5 David Moorman, OL, Northville (Wisconsin)
No. 6 John Kelly, RB, Oak Park (Tennessee)
No. 7 Kyonta Stallworth, OL, Detroit King (Michigan State)
No. 8. Tyson Smith, DB, Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Michigan State)
No. 9 Tyriq Thompson, LB Detroit King (Michigan State)
No. 10 Grant Perry, WR, Birmingham Brother Rice (Northwestern)
No. 11 Dior Johnson, S, Southfield (Wake Forest)
No. 12 Alex Grace, LB, Saginaw Swan Valley (Western Michigan)
No. 13 John Keenoy, OL, East Kentwood (Western Michigan)
No. 14 Cole Chewins, TE, Clarkston (Michigan State)
No. 15 Mike Danna, DE, Warren De La Salle (Central Michigan)