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Report: UTSA edge Trey Moore set to decide between Alabama and Texas on Saturday

Will AAC Defensive Player of the Year choose his dream school or opt for the more open depth chart of the Crimson Tide?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 04 UTSA at North Texas Photo by Christopher Leduc/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A little less than three weeks after former UTSA Roadrunners redshirt sophomore edge Trey Moore entered the NCAA transfer portal, the No. 13 player overall and the No. 4 defensive lineman in the 247Sports transfer portal rankings is reportedly set to decide between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.

The 6’3, 235-pounder was unranked out of Smithson Valley in the 2021 recruiting class, committing to head coach Jeff Traylor and UTSA over offers from Hawaii, North Texas, a handful of Ivy League schools, and others, despite a productive senior season that included 70 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and three blocked kicks.

After a redshirt season in 2021, Moore earned Freshman All-American honors, starting all 14 games and breaking Marcus Davenport’s school record with 18 tackles for loss among 59 total tackles, 30 solo stops, eight sacks, six pass breakups, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Several SEC programs made contact with Moore after the season, prompting public tampering allegations by Traylor while Moore considered entering the portal in an attempt to play for Texas, his dream school growing up north of San Antonio. Moore ultimately chose to remain loyal to the coach who believed in him out of high school.

It was a decision that certainly paid off for Traylor and the Roadrunners, as well as Moore himself — the standout edge took his game to the next level as a redshirt sophomore, earning AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording 45 total tackles, including 30 solo stops, 17.5 tackles for loss, and a school-record 14 sacks, along with three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Moore immediately became one of the most coveted players in the portal, initially narrowing his focus to Texas and Ohio State, visiting the Forty Acres before deciding to take a visit to Tuscaloosa instead of Columbus as Alabama emerged as the threat to keep Moore from following through on his childhood dream.

The Longhorns remain the favorite with two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, but the Crimson Tide arguably offer the more clear path to playing time with edge standouts Chris Braswell, a senior Jack end, and Dallas Turner, a junior strong-side linebacker, both expected to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft with close to zero proven production expected to return for Alabama at those positions.

Texas, on the other hand, will return rising junior Buck end Ethan Burke, who tapped into some of his considerable upside with 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks despite playing through a knee injury that required meniscus surgery during the season, as well as a handful of talented young players while signing the nation’s No. 1 edge, Duncanville’s Colin Simmon’s, who projects at the SAM position as a true freshman.

Still, it would be an upset for Moore to end up at Alabama, even though it is the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban — like safety Andrew Mukuba returning to Austin to play for Texas after three seasons at Clemson, Moore playing for the Longhorns just make too much sense.