Texas football ‘remains confident’ in chances to flip 4-Star DeAndre Moore

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A few outstanding targets remain for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class at the skill positions ahead of the first signing day. But the most important at this point for Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian before the Early Signing Period in December is the highly touted four-star Louisville Cardinals commit and St. John Bosco wide receiver DeAndre Moore Jr.

Texas is looking to round up the wide receiver recruiting in the 2023 class this fall.

That task of winding down the wide receiver recruiting in the 2023 class was made a lot more difficult of late, though. A pair of mishaps on the recruiting trail at the wide receiver position set the Longhorns back for this cycle.

The first was Sark and new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion missing out on a commitment from the touted four-star Longview wide receiver Jalen Hale. On Sep. 21, Texas saw Hale pick the Alabama Crimson Tide, which was a blow to the 2023 class.

And then, the fastest rising wide receiver commit in the Longhorns 2023 class, four-star Spring Dekaney product Jonah Wilson, re-opened his recruitment seemingly out of the blue on Oct. 1.

The combination of missing out on Hale and Wilson de-committing brought the Longhorns 2023 class from being on the doorstep of having four wideouts in the mix ahead of signing day to just two as of early October.

This is what makes the recruitment of Moore so important for the Longhorns in the 2023 class this fall. Texas is making a big push to try and flip the commitment of Moore from Louisville to potentially round out the wide receiver recruiting before signing day.

Texas football still quietly confident in their chances to flip 4-Star WR DeAndre Moore Jr.

Moore is set to take an official visit to Austin at some point this fall. There are various reports indicating when that official visit could take place, but we’re probably looking between November and early December at this point.

It also looks like Moore is set to take an official visit to Athens on Nov. 5 to see the Georgia Bulldogs host the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers for a monumental SEC game weekend.

And if Moore took an official visit to see the USC Trojans this fall, it wouldn’t surprise me much either. At this point of his recruitment, it does look as if Texas, USC, and Georgia, are Louisville’s biggest challengers to ultimately sign Moore.

So, where do Texas’ odds to flip the commitment of Moore sit at the moment?

According to a report from Mike Roach of Horns247 on Oct. 10 (paid content), there “remains confidence” within the Texas staff in terms of their chances to ultimately land Moore’s commitment.

Texas could make a big move with Moore if the offensive success we’ve seen of late, especially with redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers healthy, continues throughout Big 12 play. Last weekend, the Longhorns demolished the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game to the tune of a 49-0 win.

And the offense looked great upon Ewers’ return, which should do nothing but help Texas’ case with key recruits at the skill positions such as Moore.

The prospect of getting to play with the likes of Ewers and then five-star quarterback commit Arch Manning should be more than appealing enough to continue to draw Moore’s interest to the Forty Acres.

At this point of his recruitment, I would imagine that Moore at least sees out official visits to Austin and Athens before making his final decision ahead of signing day. If that turns out to be the case, that would put his decision timeline around early December in all likelihood.

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Texas currently holds commitments from 21 recruits in the 2023 class following the de-commitment of Wilson on Oct. 1. The two remaining wide receiver commits in the 2023 class are the elite five-star DeSoto product Johntay Cook and speedy four-star Aldine Eisenhower product Ryan Niblett.