Kansas Tight End In High Demand

Olathe (KS) North tight end/defensive end Josh Moore's recruitment is blowing up, but is Texas Tech still in the picture? RaiderPower.com caught up with the 6-foot-5, 266-pounder Wednesday to get the latest developments from him.

Nobody utilized its tight end
in the passing game last season more than Texas Tech, which led to unanimous first team All-American Jace Amaro racking up catches, yards and awards.

That's the kind of thing that grabs a recruit's attention. Olathe (KS) North junior tight end Josh Moore certainly noticed.

"That's the first thing they (Tech) told me, was that they need a big guy to throw to and I could probably come in and replace Jace," Moore said. "I see how they used him and I like it a lot. That's one of the biggest thing to me, is if he can get the ball, how can they (teams) use the tight end."

He currently holds offers from Tech, Kansas, Missouri and TCU, but has also heard from Arkansas, Kansas State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Minnesota.

Moore visited Missouri last weekend and enjoyed his visit, but said he doesn't have a favorite yet.

Moore, who stands at 6-foot-5 and said he currently weighs 266 pounds, is also an accomplished and heavily recruited defensive lineman. Missouri and TCU offered him for both tight end and defensive end, some are looking at him solely as a defensive lineman and Texas Tech wants him to play tight end.

"If I can get the ball I want to play offense, but if not I want to play defense if I'm not getting the ball," Moore said.

That's not to say Moore is an unwilling blocker. In fact, the book on him says he's a force in the run game as well as a dangerous receiver.

"Moore is a big athletic kid. He has great size and can really move," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers said. "He plays both ways and makes an impact on both sides of the ball. He fires off the ball on defense and on offense he is a good blocker and also a guy who they split out wide, which only further speaks of his athleticism. I don't know what position fits him best as he develops in the future, but I know that I would take a prospect with his skill sets any day of the week."

Moore made it clear that what he's looking for in a program is an opportunity for early playing time, not necessarily as a starter, but he doesn't want to redshirt and that he wants the opportunity to make an impact in the passing game.

Moore said he was initially recruited to Tech by former assistant coach Sonny Cumbie, but has just recently heard from coach Eric Morris. He also added he hopes to visit Tech for the spring game in April.

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