The “Heat Wave” party hosted by the Texas Longhorns had a major impact on at least one high-profile recruit, as the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions started flowing in for Louisville (Kent.) Trinity wide receiver Rondale Moore to the ‘Horns on Monday and Tuesday.
Texas recruiting analysts started the avalanche on Monday afternoon, with 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong quickly joining them. Home-state Louisville had appeared to be the early leader, but Moore’s weekend trip changed that outlook.
The 5’8.5, 174-pounder was one of a number of high-profile recruits in attendance at the pool party with current players and the coaching staff. Why not take advantage of the pool behind Gregory Gym, which affords a view of the stadium’s west side?
With Florida product Justin Watkins taking another visits and wavering in his pledge to the Longhorns, Moore has emerged as a legitimate candidate to take his place in the class, which would have the ancillary effect of reducing pressure on wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer to land in-state star slot receiver Jaylen Waddle.
Moore’s greatest appeal is his pure speed — at a Nike event his year, he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash, which ranks as the fastest time in the country. It was no fluke, either, as Moore also ran a 4.00 shuttle and recorded a 42.7-inch vertical leap.
There’s no question that he’s an elite athlete, as Moore needs only the smallest of creases to take a slant or a screen pass the distance. As evidenced by his excellent shuttle time, there’s some elusiveness and high-level stop-start ability in Moore’s game, though he’s not a player who will waste energy and momentum needlessly shoulder faking an opponent.
Because of his speed, he projects as a player who could be difficult for opposing nickel backs to handle when forced to pick the lesser evil of his options to go inside, outside, deep, or come back to the quarterback.
And despite his lack of size, there’s some evidence that he’s willing to work in the blocking game, though his lack of height is a concern in projecting that ability to college.
Texas has also had long-term difficulties in getting the most out of speedy slot receiver like Moore, so Herman would be bucking something of a trend historically if he lands Moore and can effectively feature him in Tim Beck’s offense.
Moore also holds offers from Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss Penn State, South Carolina, and West Virginia, among others.
If the ‘Horns do land Moore in the near future, it would be a remarkably short recruitment for a national prospect of Moore’s stature, as Texas didn’t offer the Kentucky standout until late May.