The Texas Longhorns remain on the market for a third 2018 wide receiver and they’ll soon have an opportunity to gain some ground with an elite prospect.
This weekend, four-star Yoakum product Joshua Moore will officially visit Austin ahead of official visits to Florida State and Oregon on Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, according to multiple reports.
#ESPN300 & Under Armour @AllAmericaGame WR/ATH @_TheJoshuaMoore is making an official visit to #Texas #Longhorns this weekend. #Noles Jan 19 & #Oregon Jan 26 also potential OV's— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 8, 2018
At this time a month ago, the narrative surrounding Moore’s recruitment was entirely different. The versatile talent was pledged to Nebraska, but following a 4-8 effort, the Huskers fired coach Mike Riley on Nov. 25 and Moore decommitted soon thereafter on Dec. 10. Since reopening his recruitment, Texas has once again intensified its pursuit after largely focusing on other options during much of Tom Herman’s first full cycle in Austin, and this weekend, the ‘Horns can make up a considerable amount of ground with a strong visit.
That will need to prove true if Texas wants Moore to become the latest addition to what’s currently a No. 3-ranked recruiting class.
Moore has previously made numerous visits to Austin, but as noted, the bulk of Texas’ interest came during Charlie Strong’s tenure. That said, Moore is quite familiar with what Texas offers as a university by now, but with upgraded facilities and the ‘Horns coming off their first winning season since 2013, Herman and his staff can certainly provide an improved pitch this time around.
As seen by his other options, though, as Moore will visit Florida State and Oregon, and his brother Jordan is committed to Texas A&M, which remains a possible landing spot, Texas faces no shortage of competition for his services, and for good reason.
A talent capable of playing both sides of the ball, Moore spent his senior season at Yoakum rushing 36 times for 456 yards and five touchdowns, along with hauling in 29 receptions for 424 yards and seven scores. Moore even added 130 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Given the pure track speed he brings to the field, Texas is recruiting Moore as a receiver, and much like many other programs that have pursued him, the ‘Horns are also offering the opportunity to run track at Texas, which Moore has said will be a factor in where he ultimately ends up.
A 6’1, 170-pound prospect, Moore is ranked as the nation’s No. 86 player, No. 17 wide receiver and the No. 9 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.