Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman.
In this edition, we discuss LSU’s chances of flipping 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore, who gave a verbal commitment to Nebraska on June 18. Despite a commitment, Moore has not yet shut his recruitment down. LSU is among the schools that are continuing to push hard for the Texas native.
Moore still listening to other schools
HOUSTON — Joshua Moore created a stir when he committed to Nebraska over Florida State and Texas A&M on June 18, the four-year anniversary of the death of his older brother, Quintin Devon Moore.
LSU was not a finalist, but there’s a reason why. More on that to come.
Nebraska was the move for the top-100 prospect in the Class of 2018, but in no way did his commitment represent the final chapter of his recruitment. A handful of schools remain in contact with Moore, including LSU, which is in daily communication with the blue-chip wide receiver.
“It [committing] took a lot off shoulders, a lot off my mind, and it’s always good to focus on one thing,” Moore told SEC Country at the V7 NPA camp at Stafford (Texas) High School. “Now, I got the recruiting process out of the way and I can get ready for the season, but I wouldn’t say it’s been easy. A few schools are still recruiting me and I’m still open with my options, so I won’t close anything off until I sign my papers. Whoever wants to recruit me, I’m still listening. I want to make sure I make the right decision.”
A month removed from making the choice to commit to the Huskers, Moore is comfortable with the decision. However, as his attention shifts onto his senior season preparation at Yoakum (Texas) High School, he realizes he must keep close tabs on his other options.
After all, Moore must finalize his plans sometime between now and December. He will enroll early at either Nebraska or the university of his choosing and will likely make up his mind after taking four of five official visits. LSU will be one of them. Florida State, Texas A&M and Nebraska will also host him.
“I plan on graduating early, so I’ll have to [decide] pretty soon,” said Moore. “I’d say that midway through the season, maybe six or seven weeks into the season. I want to see a few places before I shut it down and be with my parents and everything. If they can’t get up there with me, then it’s not the place for me.
“Right now, I’m confident [that I’ll stick with Nebraska], but anything can happen. I’m leaving it up to God and I’m going to pray about it until I sign the papers. If it’s Nebraska, then I’ll definitely know. And if it’s not, we’ll see what happens.”
LSU’s push centers around Oregon, family
When asked about how often the LSU coaches have been in touch with the newly minted Huskers commitment, Moore responded that — every day.
Head coach Ed Orgeron, wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and even Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles have been in Moore’s ears about his path to Baton Rouge. The Tigers were among Moore’s top-10 teams when he released that list in the spring. They cracked the top six, but did not make it as one of the coveted trio of finalists in the days leading up to his June 18 commitment date.
While Moore and his brother made it to LSU for junior day in March, his parents did not. That’s a crucial aspect of the 4-star wide receiver’s decision, which is why part of the LSU staff’s push has centered around recruiting both Moore and his mother.
“I wasn’t able to get my parents up there, but the communication is still there … definitely,” Moore said. “Coach O, Coach Joseph are in touch every single day. They’re in touch with my mom every single day. Coach Blaine [Gautier] is in touch every single day. They’re still knocking on my door and I haven’t shut them out completely just yet.”
LSU’s pitch has remained the same. With D.J. Chark and Russell Gage entering their final seasons in Baton Rouge, there is an opportunity for a true freshman to compete for playing time right away. Moore, an early enrollee, understands that all too well.
At this stage in the recruiting process, Orgeron is beginning to drive that point home to Moore. Because it’s Orgeron and because of the relationship they have maintained over the past two years, it’s resonating with the Under Armour All-American.
“He wants the best decision for me and he thinks that’s in Baton Rouge,” Moore said, of Orgeron. “It’s been what it always is — he doesn’t plan on taking too many wide receivers, so if I were to commit I’d have no option but to play right away. That’s something I’ll have to look into.
“I trust Coach O with everything I have. I’ve known him for two years, but I feel like I’ve known him my entire life. Just the relationship that we have, I know that I can trust him with that and that’s a good thing.”
While Moore’s parents were unable to join Joshua and Jordan on their return visit to LSU for junior day in March, they are expected to attend his official visit, which remains unscheduled at this point.
After all, they have added incentive to make the trek this time.
Earlier this spring, Giles — Moore’s first cousin — transferred from Texas Tech to LSU. Moore returned back home to this summer and has been surrounded by Giles as the two work out ahead of the season. Giles has continued to push LSU and the notion of family teaming up together in the same receiving corps.
Moore can’t help but entertain it.
“I was just with Jonathan working out and he gave me a lot to think about it,” Moore laughed. “Once again, he wants what’s best for me. At the same time, we’re family. That’s my first cousin. We grew up down the road from each other and you want to play with your family. If Jordan stays with Texas A&M, we’d play against him. If he can’t get Jordan, he wants to get me. He’s still behind me 100 percent and I’m behind him and he’s behind us.”
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