Nebraska lands Rivals250 WR Joshua Moore
Few recruits have been faced with the sort of decisions that Joshua Moore has over the better part of the past year, but on Father’s Day, he made one that Nebraska fans had anxiously been waiting for when he announced his commitment to the Huskers.
Moore picked Nebraska over Florida State and Texas A&M, and said he felt he has more opportunity to be successful beyond the football field in Lincoln more than anywhere else. In 2016, Moore was an impressive multi-event athlete in track, and participated in the long and triple jump as well as the 300-meter hurdles and two relay teams.
“The difference was just the plan that they have set up for me, not just with football but with track as well,” he said. “For me to be able to do both at the next level, the head track coach and the head football coach would have to communicate well and if they do that, I just see tremendous opportunities for me there. Plus, they have the best fans in the country.”
Moore was last in Nebraska for the Huskers’ spring football game and he said that experience was critical in his consideration. He plans on taking advantage of signing in December, but said that first he’ll be back on campus next weekend for the next Friday Night Lights camp, and twice in the fall for a game and an official visit.
“The big takeaway was the love the coaching staff and the players showed me,” he said of his spring visit. “I was impressed with the facilities and how bought-in they are with the academic program as well. I’m real big on that, that’s one thing my parents instilled in me at a young age and (Nebraska) takes a lot of pride in that as well.”
Of course, his potential as an explosive playmaker in the Huskers’ offense also factored heavily into his decision.
“My intentions are to come in and have an immediate impact right away,” he said. “Coach (Donte) Williams said that he wants to line my up on the outside as the X receiver and also line me up in the slot to create mismatches with linebackers, but I definitely expect to be utilized heavily in that offense.”
Moore’s commitment follows an eventful last few months where he briefly transferred from Yoakum to IMG Academy in Florida. He said he felt he made the most of his time there, but it didn’t compare to his life back home and looking to make another run at a state championship with his brother, Jordan Moore.
Jordan committed to Texas A&M on Christmas Eve of last year, so naturally, there was plenty of speculation that Joshua would favor the Aggies as well.
“The thing about me and Jordan is that we’re going to do the best for us, regardless,” he said. “No matter if that’s at the same university or not. He chose A&M for a reason; not just because it was A&M, but because he felt like he could succeed there and I feel like I can succeed at Nebraska.
“The plan was to play together, but sometimes things don’t go as planned,” he continued. “There is still a ways to go in the process, and we could still change our minds, but I am going to continue to weigh-out my options and he’s going to do the same.”
An honest, if not somewhat dubious statement, Moore is not entirely ruling out the idea of the Seminoles and Aggies still playing a part in his recruitment. He said that he’s interested in still visiting each, but had no details beyond that in regards to either.
As far as Nebraska is concerned, he said that the effort that staff showed him and the reviews his friends within the program shared with him further assured him that the Huskers were the right pick.
“Coach Williams and Coach (Mike) Riley, they kept in touch with me every single day - and not just with me, but with my family and my football coach,” he said. “Also the relationship that I’ve built with the players: Tyjon (Lindsey), Stanley Morgan, I’m close with a lot of those guys and they kept it real with me about the program as well as the coaching staff.”