In college football recruiting, where’s there’s smoke, there’s almost always fire. When Texas offered Louisville wideout Rondale Moore back in late May, the rumors began to swirl that Texas had jumped to the forefront of his recruitment, and would ultimately be the choice for the talented slot receiver. Now, a little more than a month later, Moore has made his commitment official, as he pulled the trigger just moments ago. The timing on this is interesting, because many expected Moore to wait until after his official visits, but with Oklahoma expecting a big run in recruiting in the next few days, this may be a move to get some momentum from Texas.
Please respect my decision. 🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/FWkYoNRKrs
— Rondale Moore (@Rondale_Moore03) June 25, 2017
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Moore is the 12th commitment in Texas’ 2018 class, a class that currently sits at the top in the Big 12, and among the best in the nation. Moore is the second receiver to join the class, along with Justin Watkins. Texas is looking for three to four receivers in this class, and is in on a number of very talented players, so Moore likely won’t be the last receiver to join the class.
Moore picked Texas over pretty much every other school in America. He has 33 offers in total, and chose the Longhorns over some of the top schools in the country, like Ole Miss, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisville, Georgia, Ohio State and Penn State. Ohio State led for Moore for a while, back in April, but the Buckeyes have other targets above him. The main competition for Moore came from his hometown school, Louisville, but wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer did an excellent job of selling Moore on the chance to play early, compete for championships, and get the NFL.
On the field, Moore is a true slot receiver, rather than an H-back or all-purpose back, both of which have been rising in popularity as of late in college football. He’s quick, runs great routes, and frequently beats guys with his speed off the line. He’s pretty solid with the ball in his hands, and has very good hands. He’s pretty technically sound for a high school receiver, and pretty much the only knock on him is his height. He could see playing time as a freshman in Austin. His ceiling comparison is T.Y. Hilton.