Despite signing two of the top receivers in Texas during the early signing period, Tom Herman and the Texas coaching staff continued to search for talented wide receivers to join the 2018 recruiting class. The search paid off, as Yoakum WR Josh Moore shut down his recruitment and committed to Texas. Moore ranks as the 17th best wide receiver and the 86th overall player in the country, according the 247sports composite rankings.
Early in the recruiting process, many thought that Josh was a heavy Texas lean. His brother, Jordan, also held a Texas offer as a defensive back and the duo was very close to Charlie Strong. Following the firing of Strong and hiring of Tom Herman, interest seemed to cool between the two parties. Jordan announced his commitment to Texas A&M on Christmas Eve of 2016, and Josh continued to rack up offers from all over the country. On June 18th, Josh committed to Nebraska and head coach Mike Riley. Riley was relieved of his duties though following a poor 2017 season, and it led to Josh reopening his recruitment. Wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer and Tom Herman did an excellent job of rekindling their relationship with Moore, who officially visited Texas the weekend of January 20th and said that Austin “felt like home”. Ultimately, Texas was able to fend off the likes of Florida State, Texas A&M and Oregon, securing a commitment from another top wide receiver in the 2018 class.
Name: Josh Moore
High School: Yoakum
City & State: Yoakum, Texas
40-yard time: 4.67 (Nike Opening)
Shuttle: 3.96 (Nike Opening)
35 rushes, 323 yards, 4 touchdowns
27 receptions, 527 yards, 8 touchdowns
36 rushes, 456 yards, 5 touchdowns
29 receptions, 424 yards, 7 touchdowns
- His playmaking ability shows all over the field. Whether it was offense, defense or special teams, he always seems to be around the ball
- Reliable pass catcher. Does a good job of using his hands and being fluid catching passes.
- Knows what to do with the ball in his hands. Has experience at wildcat quarterback and running back.
- Plays a lot taller than 6’1, understands leverage and using his body to better position himself
- Displays great physicality on both sides of the ball. Not afraid to stick his head in and throw a block for a teammate. Very willing blocker. Knows how to control DB’s because of his own experience on defense
- Has the ability to make people miss in space. What he lacks in straight line speed, he makes up for in quick twitch movements and agility.
- Moore was often the most dominant player on the field when he was at Yoakum. He rarely faced press coverage and almost always had 3 inches on every defensive back he faced.
- The Yoakum offense was run-centric, with Moore sometimes being the only wide receiver on the field. There will be an adjustment period to the complexity of playing in a college offense
- The route tree was limited in his high school playbook. The go route and the hitch route seemed to be what was utilized 90% of the time. It remains to be seen if he has the ability to go over the middle and make catches in traffic.
- Doesn’t have elite straight line speed. Won’t ever be mistaken for a speed burner or a guy who can get behind a DB.
- Despite towering over most of his high school competition, Moore will still need to add more weight to endure everyday life as a receiver.
When watching Moore play, one of the first things that stick out is his playmaking ability. He played all over the field at Yoakum, lining up at quarterback, receiver, corner and handling punt returns. He possesses good hands and shows the ability to high point balls at receiver, using his 41.5 inch vertical to his advantage. I was impressed with his physicality and ability to hit when watching his defensive snaps, which could allow to get on the field on special teams early in his college career. Despite not being considered a speedster, Moore has the ability to make people miss in the open field and shows good agility with the ball in his hands. He reminds me a little bit of Lorenzo Joe, a guy who was praised for his reliability as a pass catcher and willingness to do the dirty work at receiver.
Moore is very gifted athlete but will need some time and proper development to help him reach his ceiling. He often physicality overmatched his high school competition, so he will need to adjust to the college game. Moore played in a run based offense at Yoakum and rarely faced true press coverage, something he will see often during his time in college. A full year with Yancy McKnight would do a world of good for the 170 pounder as he looks to add good weight.
In what will go down as one of the crazier recruitments of the 2018 cycle, it is only fitting that Moore ended up where many people originally thought he would. Moore will probably need a redshirt year in 2018 but could be making an impact as early as 2019. Tom Herman has done an excellent job of establishing and developing relationships with recruits all over the state, and the addition of Moore shows that the coaching staff will never throw in the towel on a recruitment until the letter of intent in signed.
Texas picks up commitment from 2019 4-star SG
The Longhorns secured their first commitment of the 2019 class from SG Donovan Williams earlier today
Shaka Smart picked up his first commitment in the 2019 class Wednesday morning, when Fort Bend Elkins SG Donovan Williams verbally pledged to the Longhorns. The 6’5, 180 pound guard took his official visit to Austin this past weekend, and it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger. Williams chose Texas over Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami and Georgia.
I am thankful for this game and the experiences and memories that have come along with it. I am grateful for all the people I have met upon this journey that have helped along the way. After careful consideration, I’ve decided to commit to The University of Texas. #HookEm 🤘🏾🐂 pic.twitter.com/V10XPiFRbF
— Donovan Williams💎🔮 (@STG_Stretch) September 12, 2018
Williams is currently ranked as the 111th overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings.
Here are some highlights from Williams at the NBPA Top 100 Camp:
Jacob Young announces transfer from Texas Basketball program
University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart lost another player on Thursday, just two days after true freshman Mohamed Bamba announced his decision to leave school early and declare himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft. Sophmore guard Jacob Young, who averaged 16.2 minutes and 6.2 points per game for the Longhorns this season, announced via twitter that he would seek a transfer.
Thanks to the coaches, teammates, and staff. After my past two years of experiences at UT, I am transferring. I wish Coach Smart and his program all the best. Jacob Young
— Jacob Young (@YEAHLILJ) March 22, 2018
“I appreciate all of the effort that Jacob has given to our University over the past two seasons,” said head coach Shaka Smart in a statement.
Young was a 4-star recruit out of Yates High School in Houston and was ranked as the 23rd best point guard in the country.
NCAA Tournament Preview: Texas vs Nevada
After a one year absence, 10 seed Texas is set to return to the NCAA tournament on Friday against 7 seed Nevada. This will be the Longhorn’s second tournament appearance under third year head coach Shaka Smart, with the first appearance in 2016 ending with a 1st round exit to Northern Iowa on a half-court shot at the buzzer. Nevada returns to the tournament for the second consecutive season, bowing out in the first round last year to Iowa State, 84-73.
On the court, the Wolf Pack are led by the Caleb and Cody Martin. The twins have combined to average 32.7 PPG and 11.6 RPG. Cody is also the team leader in assists at 4.2 per game. There is not much to dislike about Nevada offensively. They shoot well from the field (46.8%), shoot well from 3 (39.8%) and rarely turn the ball over (9.9 turnovers per game). Despite the positives on the offensive end, the Wolf Pack will have several factors working against them heading into the first round match-up. Starting point guard Lindsey Drew has been sidelined for a month with an achilles injury, and his absence has left Nevada short handed. The Wolf Pack will likely only play 7 players against the Longhorns, and Nevada also loves to foul. The inside presence of Jericho Sims and Mo Bamba could cause trouble if Wolf Pack players start finding themselves in foul trouble.
The Longhorns are coming off a 73-69 loss to Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Bamba returned to action against the Red Raiders after missing the previous 2 games with a toe injury. The star freshman claims to be 100% healthy heading into the NCAA tournament, and it would be a welcome site for Shaka Smart and company to have their star player back on the floor at full health.
With Eric Davis still out due to an ongoing NCAA investigation, Smart will continue to lean on rising guard Jacob Young, who has elevated his play the past few games. Young poured in a career high 29 points against Texas Tech, and played 32 minutes. The Houston native has given the Longhorns a much needed shooting boast from beyond the arc.
Texas and Nevada is set to tip at 3:30 CST on TBS. The winner for face the winner of 2 seed Cincinnati against 15 seed Georgia State. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.
March Madness: Longhorns set to face Nevada in opening round of NCAA Tournament
The Texas Longhorns earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening, their 34th appearance, and will face the Nevada Wolfpack in Nashville, Tennessee (South Region) on Friday.
The Longhorns will make their 34th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 18th in the last 20 seasons. Texas is one of six schools to appear in at least 26 of the last 30 NCAA tourneys. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/fgNmffVxaw
— Texas Basketball 🤘 (@TexasMBB) March 11, 2018
The Longhorns appear as a 10 seed and the Wolfpack, which play in the Mountain West Conference, are the 7-seed in the region. Nevada finished the season at 27-7 (15-3 in the Mountain West).
Nevada is coached by Eric Musselman, who assumed the head coaching position in 2015.
Texas makes their second appearance in the Big Dance under head coach Shaka Smart, who is still in search of his first win in the event. The Longhorns were upset in the first round by Northern Iowa in 2016 on a half-Court buzzer-beater.
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