On Sunday, Texas A&M Aggies freshman safety Jordan Moore announced his decision to leave College Station as a transfer after months of consideration:
Please respect my decision... pic.twitter.com/PqCVI9jvMg— Jordan moore (@Jo_moore23) December 24, 2018
Because Moore is the twin brother of Texas Longhorns freshman wide receiver Joshua Moore, the immediate question was whether there’s any potential for the two to reunite in Austin. To that end, Joshua tweeted that their late older brother, Quintin, would want them to play together again:
Big bro would love to see us playing together again.... let’s finish what we started! #LongLiveQ https://t.co/ZImUU03cIS— JoshuaMoore (@_TheJoshuaMoore) December 24, 2018
Jordan also seemed to hint at the possibility, tweeting out a picture with Joshua and Texas signee Jordan Whittington on Monday:
Dang look how young we were.. them my brothers for life though! Never switched up!♥️ pic.twitter.com/5o7ZL8NFfj— Jordan moore (@Jo_moore23) December 24, 2018
And then, there was a report from AggieScoop recruiting analyst Taylor Hamm, who was told that it wouldn’t be surprising to see Moore continue his football career at Texas. And Moore’s own words, but let’s return to them in a moment.
The twins were originally offered by former head coach Charlie Strong, but Jordan committed to the Aggies on Christmas Eve in 2016, nearly two years to the day before he started his second recruiting process.
Joshua wasn’t offered by the new Texas coaching staff until the following year, at which point Jordan was already long pledged to the Aggies. However, both players were targets of current Longhorns head coach Tom Herman when he was leading the Cougars program. So there is a familiarity there.
But is Texas a fit from the staff’s perspective?
The Horns currently have plenty of depth at the position, including freshman All-American Caden Sterns and fellow #revolUTion18 standout BJ Foster. Then there are currently two signees in the 2019 class — California product Chris Adimora and a freakish athlete in Plano East’s Tyler Owens. Texas is also continuing to target Mansfield Legacy’s Jalen Catalon.
Right now, though, there’s not a lot of positive momentum with Catalon despite an official visit before the dead period. Since he’s likely to end up at Arkansas, Texas could choose to essentially use that spot on Moore, who played in four games at Texas A&M this season, mostly on special teams.
The 5’11, 192-pounder was a highly-regarded prospect coming out of Yoakum — he was ranked as the No. 225 player nationally and among the top 20 safeties, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. There were 35 schools in pursuit of Moore during his recruiting process, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.
Notably, Moore has already indicated a desire to land to Texas in an interview with the Victoria Advocate. Inquiries from Illinois, Oregon, and Texas Tech have already come in, but he’s focused on joining his twin brother in Austin.
“Like I said in the letter, I didn’t just wake up and decide I wanted to transfer,” Moore said. “I’ve been thinking about it for a few months, weeks. I’ve been thinking about it, and it’s been on my mind. Like others have mentioned it would be nice to get on the field with my brother again and my cousin, Jordan. It’s a family decision now, and it comes to that we’re all wearing burnt orange. If it doesn’t, I understand my family will back me up.”
In other words, it sounds like Moore will become a member of the Longhorns program if the coaches are willing to take him.