LSU dished out a track and field scholarship offer on Tuesday afternoon, and it’s a big deal.
That overture was directed to 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore, who claims more than 50 college football offers, including one from LSU. Now, the Tigers have given the dual-sport athlete an opportunity to pursue not only football, but track, which is a key component of his upcoming college decision.
During Nike’s “The Opening” regional, the priority LSU target spoke candidly to SEC Country about why the Tigers held a unique edge in his recruitment. Along with Florida State, LSU was going to provide Moore with an opportunity to participate in both sports, something that LSU corner Donte Jackson currently does and 2017 signee Kary Vincent Jr. will follow.
So, why is this such a big deal?
“I grew up watching LSU, but I’m a track guy as well,” Moore, an Opening finalist, told SEC Country. “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.”
Both LSU and Florida State were quickly named among the 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver’s final five schools, along with Nebraska, Alabama and Texas A&M, where his twin brother, Jordan Moore, verbally committed to last December. Navy and Oregon have also extended track and field scholarships to Moore this spring.
Moore will decide from those five schools on June 18. (More of that very touching story right here, by the way.) Earlier this spring, Moore explained that because LSU and Florida State were offering him scholarship in both sports, they ranked among his top three choices.
That remains true a little more than one month away from his college commitment.
“They’re definitely at the top,” Moore 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.”
Moore, who recently announced his intent to transfer back from IMG Academy (Fla.) to his hometown of Yoakum (Texas), is the No. 14 wide receiver and No. 72 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.