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Today, we discuss why LSU has a major advantage in its pursuit of Joshua Moore.
NEW ORLEANS — Joshua Moore‘s first steps on LSU’s campus was a process in itself.
In June, Moore was unable to make the trek from Yoakum, Texas, to Baton Rouge along with his brother, Texas A&M 4-star pledge Jordan Moore, because of an illness. He was en route to Tiger Stadium on Nov. 5 before inclement weather cut short a scheduled visit for LSU’s home game against Alabama.
A Friday night flight opened the door for Moore, one of the nation’s most electric wide receivers, to finally touch down at LSU for the team’s national junior day on Saturday — a visit well worth the wait.
The 4-star wideout relished his first unofficial stop at LSU, which did include cliché tours of campus but centered around much-anticipated face time with several members of the coaching staff.
“It went great,” Moore told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans. “We didn’t go on tours or anything; we talked to the coaches the whole time. Coach (Mickey) Joseph, coach (Ed) Orgeron had lunch with my dad and my brother, and we chopped it up with them and it was nice to put a face to the name and spend time with them.
“It definitely surpassed my expectations. The coaching staff has been talking to me since coach Joseph got there and coach O got the job. It just surpassed my expectations to be up there, to see the campus and everybody. It was great.”
From top 10 to top 2
The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Texas native recently released his top 10. As expected, LSU made the cut.
More closely, however, the Tigers are in Moore’s top 3. In fact, upon a closer look, they’re really in his top 2.
Only LSU and Florida State have offered the IMG Academy (Fla.) standout a scholarship to play both football and compete at track. No other schools embedded in Moore’s top 10 have done that.
“I grew up watching LSU, but I’m a track guy as well,” Moore explained. “I have the opportunity to run track there, and only them and Florida State are schools that have given me the opportunity. It’s something I’d love to look into doing. It’s a big part of my decision because I grew up as a track guy.”
Florida State and LSU have emerged as the front-runners to land a commitment from Moore when he announces one. As of this past weekend, that’s scheduled for July 18. But it could potentially be pushed back to December for the Under Armour All-America Game, which received the blue-chip wide receiver’s commitment recently.
Picking between the Tigers and ‘Noles is no easy decision. Waking up to 70 text messages can certainly sway him in one direction, but regardless, Moore is confident that LSU will remain a favorite when it’s time to finalize his plans.
“They’re definitely at the top,” he said, of LSU. “I don’t have one school that’s sticking out to me as No. 1, but right now, LSU is definitely in the top 3.”
Early enroll, early playing time
LSU only has seven wide receivers on scholarship during spring practices.
Of course, there’s D.J. Chark. Behind the senior and newly minted No. 7, there’s Russell Gage, Derrick Dillon, Drake Davis, Dee Anderson, Stephen Sullivan and Mannie Netherly. Class of 2017 signee Racey McMath will enroll in June.
The team will be down to six when Chark heads to the NFL after the 2017 football season, and six has become a selling point as Joseph preaches opportunity and development to the 4-star receiver.
“He had a lot to say, but he told me they’ll have six wide receivers on scholarship and he plans on having 10,” Moore said. “If I commit, there’s no such thing as redshirting for me. With my skill-set, he said there’s no way he’d be able to redshirt me.”
If we’re using simple math, four is the ideal haul of receivers for LSU’s 2017 signing class. Jaray Jenkins is the Tigers’ lone commit, but the team is on the hunt for Moore and in-state products such as Terrace Marshall Jr., Ja’Marr Chase, Jammal Houston, Lawrence Keys III, Kenan Jones and Devonta Jason.
After a commitment in either July or December, Moore is scheduled to graduate from IMG Academy and enroll early at his university of choice in January. He sees his opportunity at LSU right in front of him.
“I don’t care much about the depth chart. I’m a true competitor,” he said. “I know I can play well, and that’s what I truly believe, so I’m not too worried about a depth chart.”
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