Linebacker Clyde Moore has verbally committed to play football at Colorado, announcing his decision on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound inside linebacker from Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., fills a significant need for the Buffaloes.

Depth is thin at inside linebacker for the Buffs, and the coaching staff has made that area a priority for the 2018 class.

Going into this season, junior Rick Gamboa is the only inside linebacker with much experience, while fellow junior Drew Lewis has minimal experience.

The Buffs do have several talented young linebackers, including redshirt freshman Akil Jones and true freshmen Nate Landman and Jonathan Van Diest, but none of them are proven at this point. Adding more young talent to that area is essential going forward, and Moore fills a need in that regard.

Rated a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Moore also has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado State, Hawaii, San Jose State and Utah State.

Moore is the eighth player to commit to CU for the 2018 class and the first inside linebacker.

Moore joins a commitment list that also includes running back Max Borghi of Pomona High School, tackle Walker Culver of Chattanooga, Tenn.; tackle Frank Fillip of Clear Lake, Texas; outside linebacker/tight end Joshka Gustav of Aquinas (Calif.) High School; offensive lineman Josh Jynes of DeSoto, Texas; safety Ray Robinson of Highlands Ranch High School; and quarterback Blake Stenstrom of Valor Christian High School.


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