2018 IMG Academy (Tex.) wide receiver Joshua Moore wasn't competing at The Opening Regional in New Orleans, but did catch up with Scout to update his recruitment following his recent Top 10 dropping, which included Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M.
"Right now, it's all even. I'm just going to take my time with everything," Moore told Scout in New Orleans. "I'm going to make my decision this summer so it's coming soon, but for now, I'm just going to relax."
Moore's brother, Jordan, said that he believes LSU would land in his brother's Top 2 or 3 schools as of now. Both are considering becoming Tigers even with Jordan committed to Texas A&M.
Moore and his family did make a trip to LSU while on the way to New Orleans for The Opening, which made a big impression on the four-star receiver, who had not visited since this summer.
"For one, just the love that the coaching staff showed me when I got there," Joshua said. "When I first got there, I didn't see him (Mickey Joseph), but coach Joseph came behind me and jumped on my back. That was real fun getting to spend some time with him and Coach O. We all chilled."
The LSU coaching staff keeps up with Moore about 3-4 times a week between talking with Moore's family and him along with sending him 70 messages one morning letting them know how badly they'd like to land the newly minted IMG Academy receiver. The relationship with the LSU staff continues to strengthen. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1764237-the-openi...
"It's going real well. That's my guy (Mickey Joseph)," said the four-star wide receiver. "Real fun guy. He has a great personality about him. He knows how to bond with recruits. When it's time to play, he's good with that, but when it's time to work, it's time to work. That's the kind of coach they like.
"I like coach Canada as well and he's (Coach O) is crazy."
Getting to develop a relationship with LSU's coaches has been the biggest development in his recruitment for LSU and getting back was just another positive from LSU's standpoint.
"I wasn't having much communication with them and I didn't have the offer, but now that I have the offer and have a relationship with them, it's real good," Moore said. "Being able to come by and update myself on the facilities and coaches helped them a lot."
The 6-1, 156-pound receiver got the chance to see what LSU wants to do on offense under Matt Canada and because of the new system, early playing time is something the staff is pushing on Moore.
"They've got six wide receivers on the roster and they want 10. If I was to commit, there'd be no such thing as redshirting," Moore said. "They plan on playing four receivers so I would be on the field and there'd be no point in me redshirting.
"I feel good about what they're going to do this year."
Georgia and Tennessee got visits from Moore while IMG took the team on a bus tour earlier this spring. Both made his Top 10 and he enjoyed checking out Athens and Knoxville.
"It was good to go up there and see what they're all about. The locker rooms and campus were all good. I took away a lot from it. It was beneficial."
Alabama, LSU and Ohio State are three schools that Moore wants to get back to before making his decision this summer.
The Crimson Tide keep up with Moore a few times a week while the Buckeyes are all over Moore, but one thing in particular stands out about Alabama's pitch.
"Bama wants me to play on both sides of the ball. With me, I'm an athletic dude so I'll play wherever you want me to play so that stuck out to me," Moore said. "Ohio State wanted me to come up with the spring time, but I wanted to rest with my family. Hadn't seen them in months, but I'm definitely going to get up there this summer. I talk to coach Meyer and coach Smith almost every day."
With Joshua's invite already in hand, Moore watched his brother, Jordan, try and "Get Open" in New Orleans. The feeling to be headed to Oregon is like a dream for Moore.
"It's a dream come true. It's crazy. I've been watching The Opening on TV the last five years," Joshua said. "I've dreamed of coming here and it's coming true."
Stay tuned to Scout for updates coming from The Opening New Orleans on LSU targets.