The idea of the Missouri Tigers having an all-Missouri 2013 recruiting class ended Tuesday evening, courtesy of a highly-touted receiver from Texas.
J'Mon Moore (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) gave Missouri a verbal commitment on Tuesday, becoming the Tigers’ ninth commitment of the 2013 class. He also became the Tigers’ first commit from outside the Show Me State.
“I didn’t even think about that,” Moore said. “I saw the commitment list, and I knew most of them were from Missouri. I didn’t know all of them were. I didn’t know I was breaking that trend. That’s what happens, I guess.”
At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Moore will bring great size and solid speed to the Tigers. Recruited by defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, Moore chose Missouri over offers from West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma State, Miami and several other schools. Additionally, schools such as Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Texas and Oklahoma were showing interest.
Moore visited Missouri over the weekend and said the overall experience helped to finalize his decision.
“[Missouri] was the school that reached out to me a lot,” Moore said. “Going to visit, that made it even better for me. It seems like a nice fit for me. The coaches are really cool, and I’m starting to build chemistry with them. They made me want to make the commitment.”
Moore, who has 4.51-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is expected to line up as an outside receiver. He finished the 2011 season with 30 receptions for 722 yards and seven touchdowns. Moore lined up alongside 2012 receiver Chance Allen, who signed with Oregon in January.