Seven programs remain in play ahead of June 18 commitment of four-star wide receiver Joshua Moore

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Four-star wide receiver Joshua Moore is down to seven programs with several visits to be taken before his June 18 commitment goes down.

Like with many elite prospects, plenty of layers and changes have come over to Joshua Moore at different stages of his recruitment, but he is now sure on when it will come to an end. 

When Scout spoke to him in late February, he admitted he would like to make a pledge on June 18 to honor his late brother, but it wasn't set in stone. 

"It's locked in," he said Friday following spring practice at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.

Moore will make the call between AlabamaFlorida State, LSUNebraskaOklahomaTexas and Texas A&M on that day.

"Academics come first and wherever I go, from these seven, I'm going to get a great education with the plans they have for their athletes and things like that," he said. "Second factor is relationships, I have the best relationship with these schools."

Another factor shared by the seven programs is what Moore calls the "fast track," each aiding him on his plan to play three years at his school of choice before declaring for the NFL Draft. To go more in-depth with each program before the pick is made is the next step.

Visits will be a big part of it.

"I've been to like three schools my parents haven't visited with me, so I want to get them up there with me before I commit and make sure they're comfortable," Moore, who has already been to each, said.

Alabama, the program he hasn't been to recently compared to the other finalists, may be next up.

"I'm going there June 4, with my parents, there is a camp going on but they want me to just visit," he said. 

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has made it a point to remain in contact with Moore, even doing so from the NFL Draft on Thursday evening.

"It was like towards the beginning of the draft, even before it started," he said. "He showed me around the place and said, 'if you come to 'Bama, we're going to get you here.' He has a great plan for me. Ever since I started talking to him, I've loved everything that they said. They say it's my choice whether I play offense or defense.

"It's what keeps me so high on them." 

Open to playing defense at the next level, as he did at the prep level before making the move to IMG, Moore said Texas A&M and Nebraska have also considered him as a potential defender. Those same two programs have been pegged as front-runners at different times for Moore. 

Nebraska because he said as much following his April 8 spring game visit to Lincoln. But it is no longer the case.

"It changes every week for me," he said. "A school sees I'm visiting this school and then they come at me and want to blow me up, blow up my parents thing that plays big into where I'm going to decide to go is relationships. All that happened when the others found out I was going to Nebraska (for the visit)."

The A&M theory comes from Jordan Moore, Joshua's twin brother and a four-star defensive back prospect who is already committed to the program.

"My brother's a fool, man," he said with a laugh. "He didn't even think before he Tweeted all these people think I'm going to A&M. That's how he is, though, can't blame him. 

"He has (other) schools coming at him, too. I'll say he's 50-50 right now..."

A return to College Station and a trip to Oklahoma, along with the Alabama visit, are the only planned visits before Moore goes public with a verbal pledge on June 18.

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