Texas football considered a ‘heavy favorite’ for 4-Star WR DeAndre Moore

DeAndre Moore Jr., Texas football (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
DeAndre Moore Jr., Texas football (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Less than 24 hours from the start of the Early Signing Period (A.K.A the first National Signing Day), the picture is starting to come into focus for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class. The final set of priority targets for the 2023 recruiting class is pretty well known at this point.

One of the most important targets of the Longhorns 2023 class heading into the first National Signing Day on Dec. 21 is the highly touted four-star Louisville Cardinals commit and St. John Bosco wide receiver DeAndre Moore Jr.

Moore is the top remaining wide receiver target on the board for the Longhorns 2023 class. And he appears to be one of the key high school recruits trending to the Longhorns heading into NSD1.

It looks like Moore’s decision is going to boil down to Texas and the Georgia Bulldogs. Louisville is technically still in the running to sign Moore later this week. But Texas and Georgia are definitely the presumed favorites at the moment to get the final decision from Moore.

Texas appears to have the edge over Georgia heading into signing day. The main reason for that is the unofficial trip that Moore took to Austin last weekend before the dead period hit on Dec. 19. The very fact that Moore was on campus in Austin to give head coach Steve Sarkisian and wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion the final word among his in-person visits is clearly a big deal.

And the feedback we’re hearing coming out of Moore’s visit to Austin last weekend continues to reinforce the idea that he is a Texas lean heading into signing day. While there isn’t a ton of information coming out of the visit, the reviews that did come in following Moore’s unofficial trip were pretty much all positive.

Texas football the favorite heading into signing day for 4-Star WR DeAndre Moore Jr.?

It sounds like the combination of Texas already having the momentum in the race to sign Moore along with his abrupt visit to Austin last weekend is enough to consider him a Longhorns lean.

A report from Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas on Dec. 20 (paid content) further indicates that Texas is trending for Moore, saying that the Longhorns are considered “the heavy favorite” to sign him on Dec. 21.

Mike Roach of Horns247 put in a 247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction earlier this week projecting Moore’s commitment to Texas with a moderate level of confidence. There was also an On3 RPM entered from Chad Simmons that has a moderate to good level of confidence projecting Moore’s commitment to Texas.

It looks as if Sark, Marion, and the Longhorns have done enough in this recruitment to at least be able to sign a solid trio of wide receivers in the 2023 class this week. If Texas can secure a flip from Moore in roughly 24 hours, that would give them three blue-chip signees at the position in the 2023 class. The other two are the speedy four-star Aldine Eisenhower wideout Ryan Niblett and the elite five-star DeSoto standout Johntay Cook.

A press release from St. John Bosco on Dec. 19 included Moore among the “list of commitments” that will be signing and announcing their collegiate destination on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. CT. It also indicates that Moore will be an early enrollee at the college of his choice.

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Texas currently holds commitments from 21 high school recruits in the 2023 class after the four-star Houston C.E. King defensive lineman Dylan Spencer flipped to the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Dec. 19. The bulk of Texas’ 21 commits in the 2023 class are expected to sign early on the dotted line on Dec. 21.