Joshua Moore (Photo by Danny Parker)

Florida State, Ohio State. Alabama and Nebraska sit as four-star wide receiver Josh Moore's top four ahead of potential summer pledge

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- One of the highest-rated prospects at the Under Armour All-America Camp in Orlando Sunday, Joshua Moore impressed in limited action and revealed news in his recruitment and when it may end.

Upon Scout arriving at the Under Armour All-America Camp Sunday in Orlando, provided rosters didn't list Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy wide receiver Joshua Moore, though there had been talk of his attendance at the event. 

But about halfway through it, one couldn't miss the plays the long and lean four-star wide receiver would make in a jersey assigned to someone else. It was enough to earn him an invitation to this cycle's Under Armour All-America Game. 

"It's all God man, I give it all to God," he said. "When I came here, I wasn't even planning on participating and competing today, and I saw them doing one-on-ones and I was like, 'I've got to.' I hurt my Achilles last week, but I was feeling good and me being the competitor that I am, I had to get out there.

"My route-running, my ability to go up and get the ball, my vertical is 43 (inches), my explosiveness, my speed, my ability to change direction in and out of my cuts. I've been working on that stuff a lot and I think I have improved." 

Moore was arguably the top wide receiver despite the limited action. Last week, during The Opening Orlando competition, he was in the same boat and was invited to The Opening Finals. But talk at the event tilted towards his recruitment, where following a visit to Tallahassee chatter suggested his recruitment was all wrapped up. 

The rising-senior, who worked in front of Jimbo Fisher on Sunday, says his words were taken out of context.

"The real scoop is that Florida State is in my top three," he said. "The others are Ohio State and Alabama. Those are the three I want to get to learn more about. 

"Every time I talk to coach Jimbo, it's a great conversation."

The allure of the Buckeyes stems from their consistency with the Texas native. 

"The time that they take out of their day to reach out to me," Moore said. "I woke up on a Friday morning, had class, and woke up to 45 messages from the whole staff. The whole Ohio State staff. They show love, a lot of love. I want to visit in the springtime."

Alabama is another contender he hasn't yet visited but a trip to Tuscaloosa is also looming. 

"First week of summer, I'll go up there and visit 'Bama," he said. "I just want to see if it's like what everyone says it is. I'm sure they'll have rings and trophies everywhere, but one thing about me is that I'm real big on academics. So I want to see what's up with that and if it meets my expectations or not."

On Monday morning, a second Big Ten program wiggled its way into the top group.

"Nebraska is a school that has jumped on the scene with me ever since I've gotten the offer the coaching staff is great the players that I've gotten the chance to talk to are great such as Tyjon Lindsey," he said. "I also have a few guys on my team that are very high with them as well. 

"I'm visiting for the spring game (April 15)."

As of Sunday afternoon, Moore hadn't spoken to new Crimson Tide wide receivers coach Mike Locksley, something he says doesn't play a big part in an eventual decision for any program he selects. The two did connect Sunday evening, however.

"If I commit, I'm going to commit to the school because these days you have coaches going in and out," he said. "So when I commit, it will be to the school, one I feel like I can be successful there." 

Programs outside of Moore's top four remain under consideration going forward, among his 50-plus scholarship offers, but a special date in July has been singled out as a potential end to the recruiting process for one of the best in the 2018 class.

"I plan on committing either July 18 or at one of the All-American games," he said. "My big brother passed away on that date, it's actually his birthday. I'm going to dedicate that day to him."

Moore has a fresh invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game but has yet to earn an invitation to the Army All-American Bowl in his home state. 

Joshua Moore (Photo by Danny Parker)

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