Yoakum (Texas) receiver Joshua Moore committed to Nebraska on Sunday, picking the Huskers over Florida State and Texas A&M. What’s it mean for Nebraska? Five quick takes:
1. Talent and quickness to burn. Moore is not the most polished receiver in the class, but he’s a top-100 prospect for a reason: He has the potential to be special in college. By his own admission, Moore is 6-foot-1, but he doesn’t look it — he looks 2 inches taller. It’s not an optical illusion; the guy is just long. Think Lamar Jackson, only a little more fond of contact. Moore invites collisions. He’s reminiscent of current Husker Stanley Morgan in that way. Plus, he can jump — a 41.5-inch vertical leap proves that. Bottom line: Moore is a high-end Power Five prospect. He’s also that distinctive, positive athlete who tends to fit in well at Nebraska.
2. Another top-100 commit. According to the 247Sports composite, two top-100 prospects haven’t signed with the Huskers since 2011. Moore, No. 62 according to the composite rankings, would be NU’s second commit in the 2018 class, joining cornerback Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles. The more top-100 guys you have, in the long run, the better your chances are. The Huskers currently have two — Jackson and Tyjon Lindsey — in the program.
3. Big win for Keith Williams — and Bookie. Williams recruited Moore for a long time, and set the hook here in ways that few Husker position coaches could. When Moore came on a nearly weeklong unofficial visit around the spring game, it sure didn’t hurt that Radley-Hiles, his former IMG Academy teammate, was around for most of that. Moore and Radley-Hiles squared off against each other daily in practice, and he was a helpful assist here. Still, the credit mostly goes to Williams, who swung for the fences here and connected.
4. Watch the twin brother. Joshua’s brother, Jordan, is a four-star safety who’s committed to Texas A&M. He appears to be pretty solidified there, but Nebraska may get him on campus for a Friday Night Lights event, and since Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin is pretty clearly on the hot seat, Jordan Moore is in play down the road. Jordan’s a good player, too — a nice-hitting safety — and could be a good fit for the Huskers’ defense. Nebraska doesn’t need safeties as badly as it needs top receivers — like Joshua — but it’s a situation to monitor.
5. Once again: It’s far from over. Moore’s likely to have a big year at Yoakum, and it’s not likely that any of the schools recruiting him will stop or slow down. If you’re the kind of fan who wonders if all this work to land a top player is really this necessary — all the phone calls, all the social media, all the planning, all the everything — don’t kid yourself: It’s necessary. That’s because these other top programs never stop, either. And some of them, like Florida State, will have a chance to win the national title this year.
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