In the days following National Signing Day 2017, Ed Orgeron and then-outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson got to work and made a splash. Top junior college pass-rusher Travez Moore, a Louisiana native now at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi, committed to LSU, adding a valuable chip to help the Tigers replace Arden Key. He signed during the early signing period.
- Coming out of Bastrop (La.) High School, Moore — recruited Orgeron, then the Tigers’ defensive line coach — committed to LSU over TCU and South Carolina.
- Despite taking the junior college route, LSU honored its offer to the Louisiana native and accepted his commitment in February 2017. Moore’s commitment gave Dave Aranda an immediate weapon to eventually fill the void left behind by Key, his primary B-linebacker.
- Why LSU? All of the schools that courted Moore out of high school — Florida, Arkansas, Auburn — lost touch once he entered junior college. At the time of his commitment, Moore had committable offers from LSU and Orgeron, which made for an easy decision.
- Within 48 hours of committing, Moore made an unofficial visit to LSU for the “Boys From The Boot,” where he discussed his role in the Tigers’ defense with Aranda.
- Moore has never waved on his pledge to the Tigers. He camped in Baton Rouge back in June, spending much of his time working out with Johnson, and has visited for the majority of home games this fall. Moore made his official visit to LSU on Dec. 8 weekend.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Moore gives LSU a versatile edge-rusher capable of bulking up and playing B-linebacker or rushing off the edge with his hand in the dirt. That will be him primary role in Aranda’s defense as the team looks for reinforcements in the post-Arden Key era in Baton Rouge. Because he’s a seasoned junior college prospect, Moore should be able to see snaps immediately.