You can never have too much of a good thing. Three top-10 wide receivers in a class and you’re likely looking at the best haul in any school’s history. With Rakim Jarrett, Jermaine Burton and Kayshon Boutte all committed before May, Mickey Joseph and the LSU staff has done just that. However, there are some times that arise where you just can’t let someone leave your backyard, and that’s where Koy Moore comes in. Moore, who had impressed at LSU’s Elite Camp enough to garner a private workout for Joseph and Joe Brady, gave the Tigers little doubt of whether to take him or not after an impressive showing at The Opening.
After flirting with going out of state with a commitment to Southern Cal last summer before de-committing in February, the thought of staying home became too prevalent for Moore as he committed to LSU today over USC, Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn.
The hiring of passing game coordinator Joe Brady brought the emergence of a spread offense to the forefront of the LSU gameplan, meaning more wide receivers out on the field and a new type of player at the position. The phase of taller, possession receivers has started to fall by the wayside across the nation, as teams expect their receivers to sport all-around talent, even if giving up some height is the cost. Jarrett, Burton, Boutte and now Moore are all in or below the 6-foot range, but their athleticism gives opponents fit. Moore is definitely no exception.
The first thing that pops off from his film is the shiftiness. That initial arriving defender normally has no chance to make a play, meaning we’re getting at least an extra five yards per reception. There’s not a huge route tree in the highlights due to an offense that just wants to get the ball in Moore’s hands and let him work.
However, his Opening highlights help showcase a player that can run a number of different routes and exemplify an innate ability to find a soft spot in the secondary and make a strong catch with reliable hands (which can be seen on several jump-balls in the high school highlights.)
Dee Anderson and Derrick Dillon graduate after this season, Justin Jefferson is a junior and could possibly leave early if he replicates his 2018 season and stud freshmen Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. last year could potentially be playing in their final year as this 2020 class steps on the field. Long story short, there will be plenty of opportunities for these four stud receivers to see the field early and could provide hell for SEC defenses as Joe Brady can move talented receivers in and out as he sees fit. If LSU can hold onto all four by December, this could be by far the best receiver class to ever arrive at Baton Rouge.
This move does put LSU at 23 total commitments for this class, with a couple high-profile names still out there, particularly nose tackle Jacobian Guillory and offensive linemen like Sedrick Van Pran and Marcus Dumerville. Plus the need for a running back. The class cap still sits at 25, so there may be some attrition between now and then, but there’s still a long way to go in this recruiting journey.