A familiar face has emerged on Texas Tech's recruiting radar as junior college offensive lineman Tramonda Moore has been hearing from Texas Tech. Moore, who was No. 144 in the 2016 Scout300, signed with Oklahoma State out of high school but failed to qualify and enrolled at Independence Community College in Kansas.
Former Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays was in contact with Moore prior to his being let go, yet the 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive tackle remains on Texas Tech's radar.
"Yeah, they offered me late in the process my senior year. I was supposed to go on a visit to their campus, my little brother Justin Broiles went down there on a visit in 2015 but he ended up going and I didn't get to visit. My close friend Cameron Batson is a receiver there, he went to Millwood. He was telling me a lot about it, that they have a great coaching staff, the campus is nice."
Moore talked about how his journey led him to the junior college ranks.
"Really just not handling business at my high school. I fell behind and there was no way I could make that up. Junior college was the next step and I'm blessed to be here. I'll be signing in December of 2017 and be an early enrollee for the 2018 class. I won't be playing this upcoming season, I'll be redshirting to be a 3-for-3."
With such a stressful, drawn-out recruitment in 2016 (Moore took roughly 15 visits during his recruitment and committed to Oklahoma State the day before Signing Day), the elite offensive lineman is eager to get offers renewed soon so he can make his decision over the summer and get his recruitment out of the way.
"Oh yeah, of course. I really want to be committed really around May if I could. That way I could just focus on academics and bettering myself on the football field and not take visits here and there, just getting ready to sign in December. I do not want to go through what I went through my senior year again. It was stressful."
The former four-star OL likes Texas Tech, and hopes to see coach Brandon Jones during the spring evaluation period.
"I mean, they're right there. I'd have to visit the university so I couldn't say too much about them. But I know they're a very good football team, score points really well. I like the spread offense they run, pass it a lot which I don't have a problem with. I just want to visit, get on campus and see how I feel."
Jaylon Lane is another Independence product who was highly recruited in high school, and the two bonded in the JUCO ranks.
"Oh yeah, with him being an Opening alum coming out of high school, we just clicked. We touched base and we were on the same ground just trying to get out. Of course he wants me down there at Texas Tech with him. I just really can't tell now, I'd have to visit first."
Moore holds offers from Iowa State, Mississippi State, Oregon, and UTSA. He is receiving interest from Louisville, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech, among others.