Miami football commit Cyrus Moss compared to Oregon All-American Kayvon Thibodeaux

Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux enters the stadium for the game against Oregon State.Eug 111428 Uofb 07
Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux enters the stadium for the game against Oregon State.Eug 111428 Uofb 07 /

Four-star defensive end Cyrus Moss who committed to the Miami football program on Saturday was compared by the former Oregon staff to Ducks All-American Kayvon Thibodeaux. Once he left Oregon for Miami, head coach Mario Cristobal pivoted to recruiting Moss for the Hurricanes.

Cristobal also brought Oregon defensive line coach Joe Salave’a with him to Miami. Thibodeaux earned first-team All-Pac 12 in each of the last two seasons and was named a unanimous All-American this year. Thibodeaux finished his Oregon career with 126 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and seven pass breakups.

When he signed with Oregon in 2019, Thibodeaux was 6’4.5, 239 pounds. Thibodeaux is now listed at 6’5, 250. Moss is currently listed as 6’6, 220 pounds. Moss had 63 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks, and 15 quarterback hurries for Bishop Gorman this past season according to David Lake of Inside the U.

Moss teams with four-star DE Nyjalik Kelly who signed with Miami last month to give the Hurricanes two elite edge rushers in the Class of 2022. Miami will continue to recruit more DEs. Bishop Gorman defensive coordinator Chris Brown spoke to CaneSport about Moss’s recruitment by Cristobal and his staff.

"“Oregon looked at him as the next Kayvon Thibodeaux, wanted to put him in as the next guy to compete to take Thibodeaux’s spot. He really liked that, built that relationship with the coaches and they embraced him, really thought he could excel at Oregon. He was starting to fall in love with Oregon.”"

Rivals likes the ability Moss has to cover ground and play in space or putting his hand down to be an edge rusher. Moss can get to the passer as an edge rusher in a 4-3 defense or an outside linebacker in 3-4. Moss has a lot of upside and Rivals likes what he can bring for the Miami defense.

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With Deandre Johnson and Zach McCloud graduating, Kelly and Moss will both have a chance to challenge for snaps in 2022. Cristobal has added three top 100 players to the Miami football since he was hired last month. Kelly, Moss and four-star tight end Jaleel Skinner all pledged to Miami following the Cristobal hiring.