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Today, we discuss LSU’s chances of flipping one of the nation’s top (committed) defensive backs.
NEW ORLEANS — Jordan Moore was one of the more notable visitors at LSU’s national junior day last week.
Moore, a 4-star defensive back and Texas A&M commit, made the return trip from Yoakum, Texas, to Baton Rouge alongside his brother, blue-chip wide receiver target Joshua Moore, to a get a closer look at LSU under new coach Ed Orgeron.
The timing was all too interesting because Moore revealed that he’s committed to the Aggies, but his recruitment is far from shut down. He’s giving some of the nation’s top college football programs a chance to continue to recruit him, including LSU, which has quickly risen in his rankings after the unofficial visit earlier this March.
“I’m solid on A&M, but I wanted to let them know that these are all the schools I’m still letting recruit me,” Moore told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans last Sunday. “This process is over, but it’s far from being over. I wanted to show coach Corey Raymond that I can get open, to have an offer from LSU playing defensive back is amazing, and yesterday (on my visit) it felt like I got re-offered, it felt like they think of me as a real defensive back and I want to prove that.
“LSU is the type of school that every defensive back wants to be considered for. It’s the real ‘DBU’ and if you’re committed anywhere, LSU has the proof that they’re ‘DBU’ with the stats, with the people that they have in the NFL like Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Jamal Adams. That proves they’re ‘DBU.’ The offer from them meant a lot.”
Originally, Moore made his inaugural visit to LSU last summer. He landed his offer from Raymond in early September and was scheduled to return to campus for the Tigers’ home game against Alabama, but inclement weather presented a road block.
The return trip for junior day carried more weight, though, as this time around Moore got face time with LSU’s defensive backs coach. As he put it, he felt as if he was re-offered. For the Texas A&M commit, it certainly had him thinking about the Tigers more in the big picture.
“We talked about how he’d use me at cornerback, doing a lot of blitzes and that I can cover,” Moore explained. “If you see my film, you know I like to hit a lot. I want to show him that I can cover and bring that to the table. Talking to Coach Raymond over the phone is amazing, but it felt like I got re-offered (on the visit). I felt more like they think of me as a real defensive back and I want to prove that.”
As much weight as Raymond carries in Moore’s recruitment, it’s also difficult to ignore the presence of LSU’s new head man.
Orgeron has been on the phone with Moore and got face time with the 4-star defensive back on junior day, which to the 6-foot, 173-pounder from Yoakum (Texas) High School demonstrated a stark contrast in his relationship with LSU.
The last time Moore visited, there was little contact between him and Les Miles. It was quite a different turn of events this past trip, which is why the Tigers are suddenly emerging as a team to watch.
“It was great,” Moore said. “When I went up the first time, the coaches weren’t there and unable to talk face to face. Every talk we had was on the phone, like Coach Miles I talked to on the phone. I’m not trying to compare, but I like Coach O a lot better because he had that energy that every college coach should have. That swagger and his whole demeanor and what he brings to the table helps him recruit players and the game is different than Coach Miles and how he recruited me.
“I felt like I was re-offered by LSU because they showed me that love. They showed me the new things and I was able to speak face to face to Coach Corey and hear how he wants to use me. It was a blessing and it was amazing.”
While Moore remains solid to Texas A&M, he maintained his recruitment process is still open.
The 4-star defensive back is hoping to finalize a decision in late June or early July. Both he and his brother are early enrollees, meaning they will graduate in December and enroll at their university of choice in January. The two are keen on playing at the same school, but it’s not a lock — just an option on the table.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) March 19, 2017
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