Even before his visit to Oklahoma for spring practice, Yoakum (Texas) High wide receiver Joshua Moore was high on the Sooners, naming it one of his dream schools.
That dream was realized Wednesday when the 2018 receiver was offered by OU, and Moore tweeted the Sooners will definitely make his top three.
Moore, who is already 6-foot-3, has been a name to watch for a while and especially ever since he and his brother, Jordan, made the trip to OU for a spring practice.
“It was amazing,” Moore said. “I just fell in love with the place. The atmosphere was crazy. I had nothing but love from the players and coaches. The practice was real intense. It was a great time. I can’t wait to go back.”
Moore said the players he talked to the most were quarterback Kyler Murray, who Moore said he has known for a long time and wide receivers Dede Westbrook and John Humphrey.
Of course Humphrey has now announced his intention to transfer from the program, but Humphrey was already selling Moore on what OU can do for him and his family.
For Moore, though, he didn’t need any selling.
“I was like I already know,” Moore said. “I’ve been here 20 minutes, and I’m already falling in love with this place.”
Moore’s main contacts have been receiver coaches Dennis Simmons and Cale Gundy, and he was happy they were able to come watch him practice. The offer didn’t come until a little later, but Moore said that wasn’t a huge concern.
OU capped a pretty big Wednesday for Moore as he was also offered by Texas Tech in the morning. He saw the one from the Red Raiders coming, but he was fired up about the one from OU.
“I’ve always been watching them since I was little,” Moore said. “Before I visited last month, I had never been there. After being there, it bumped everything up.”
Moore said he plans to return to Norman in a couple of weeks and said OU and LSU were the two dream schools he had growing up.
Moore acquitted himself very well at The Opening regional in Houston earlier this month, wearing an OU T-shirt under his Opening jersey.
“I did pretty good,” Moore said. “I didn’t test as well as I wanted, but I learned I could compete with the best of the best. I surprised myself a bit.”
Moore seems to have the right blend of size and speed, and he said one of his biggest strengths is his ability to get the ball at its highest point, something he showed multiple times at the regional event.
As much as his recruiting process is already going well, look for even more schools to find Moore once he gets a more expanded role in the Yoakum offense. Last year he said he was used for a lot of passes in the short game. This year? He wants to show what he can do down the field and stretch defenses out.
The one issue will be what happens with his brother, Jordan. It has been well documented now how OU won’t offer one brother just to make sure it gets the sibling it really wants. The examples are almost becoming a yearly occurrence and the Moore duo could be the next one to see how it things shake out.
“Me and Jordan – we haven’t really talked about things like that just yet,” Moore said. “Right now we’re just letting things play out and weighing our options.”
Although it’s clear the OU offer was a major one for Moore, he was adamant to say he’s in no rush to make any sort of choice just yet. The Sooners will make his top three, but he wants to enjoy the process more before getting ready to make the call.