Joshua Moore got a preview of Notre Dame’s interest last month.
College programs could start reaching out to prospects in the Class of 2018 starting Sept. 1 at midnight. Moore, a four-star junior wide receiver from Yoakum, Texas, heard from the Irish via Twitter direct message right away.
Since then Moore has spent more time talking with defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. They stepped up Thursday with a scholarship offer.
“It’s gotten real serious,” Moore said. “When Sept. 1 came they were the first school to hit me up at 12 o’clock exactly. We talk on a daily basis. Me, coach Lyght, coach Sanford. It’s gone tremendous. We talk just about every single day and it’s not just about football. It’s about life as well.”
Adding Notre Dame to list moved Moore to 34 total offers.
Others on the list include Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, Colorado, Houston, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas and Texas Tech, among others.
Many of those have come in just the past month. North Carolina also offered Moore the same day as Notre Dame.
“It’s a blessing man,” Moore said. “It’s crazy. To some people it may be stressful. But to me, I just enjoy it because last year I had none at this time. Now I’m up to 34. It’s a very humbling experience. It’s everything I’d ever imagined it to be. It’s a great feeling.”
Moore took a closer look at Notre Dame earlier this season. He attended the season opener at Texas, another top contender. Although the Irish lost, Moore took note of how they played.
“It was amazing,” he said. “They fought all four quarters. That’s all you can ask. They just showed what kind of discipline they have and what kind of trust they have for each other and how hard they work. They never folded, not one time. They fought through the whole entire game. That to me means a lot.”
Right now the plan is to see Notre Dame again in San Antonio for its Shamrock Series game against Army. Moore lives about 90 minutes from the Alamodome.
Moore will be at Texas A&M this weekend for its game against Tennessee.
Those programs are still in play with the 6-foot-2, 173-pound prospect as he works on a top 10. Three contenders — Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida State — are already assured of making that cut, whenever it comes.
“I’ve started to narrow down a few,” Moore said. “I started working on my top 10 a couple months ago. Right now I have like three of them that are officially on there. I’m not really set with everything.”
Moore isn’t sure when the top 10 will be formalized or about the possibility of making a commitment.
The same can’t be said for his brother, Jordan, a four-star athlete also in the Class of 2018. Jordan intends to announce his commitment Christmas Eve. The brothers have similar offer sheets if not recruiting time lines.
“We’ve talked about playing together,” Joshua Moore said. “As of now, we do wanna play together. But nothing is ever set in stone. That could change.”