As the son of a major collegiate football coach — not to mention the son and grandson of a former NFL coach — Ryder Mora is almost contractually required to play football and love it. He does, but football has taken a backseat to another which the younger Mora has taken to in California, across a country from its roots. Ryder Mora is a bona fide lacrosse star, and now he’s committed to head east to prove it.
As noted by the West Coast Starz lacrosse program, and later by the Los Angeles Times, Ryder Mora committed to play lacrosse at Maryland, the reining national runners-up. He chose Maryland after a summer in which his recruiting stock has soared while competing for the Starz, a program based out of San Diego. The younger Mora himself is based in Los Angeles like the rest of his family, where he stars for Loyola. An offensive midfielder, he scored 20 goals and added 12 assists during his sophomore season with Loyola. He’s also a bona fide hustle player, recording 41 ground balls during just his second varsity campaign.
Of course, Mora has two more seasons to compete at the high school level before he heads to Maryland. Still, given his father’s occupation, it would feel pretty disingenuous for the younger Mora to back out of a commitment.