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Addition of elite athlete Joshua Moore will boost Nebraska offense

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Nebraska head football coach Mike Riley found himself an extra happy man on Father’s Day, as it was revealed Sunday that class of 2018 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore offered his verbal pledge to play for the Cornhuskers.

Paying tribute to his late older brother, Quinton, on Father’s Day, Moore posted an emotional and touching video on Twitter. At the end of the video, Moore ultimately dons a Nebraska sweatshirt while at his brother’s grave.

He chose the Cornhuskers over his other two finalists, Florida State and Texas A&M — the latter school where his twin brother Jordan is already committed. Moore also had offers from Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Tennessee, Georgia, Miami, Alabama and many other major programs.

Obviously, this is quite the recruiting victory for Riley and his staff.

Expect Moore to be a centerpiece of Nebraska’s offense for years to come. The benefits from this commitment could be far reaching as Moore is now the highest-ranked recruit to pledge to Nebraska’s already stellar 2018 class.

Riley is the closer in recruiting, but the groundwork wide receivers coach Keith Williams laid helped convince Moore that Nebraska was his destiny. Fellow 2018 commit Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles also played a big part in Moore picking Nebraska.

More on Moore’s decision from Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald:

“He loves football,” the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Moore said of Williams. “He has a passion for it that matches my passion. He doesn’t just throw offers out. He takes his time and gets to know you.”

The two got to know each other even better during a nearly weeklong spring trip Moore took to NU’s campus. At the time, Moore was attending IMG Academy, the sports-focused boarding school in Bradenton, Fla., and he made the trip to Nebraska with another Husker commit — and the ringleader of the 2018 recruiting class — cornerback Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles. Moore said he was impressed by Nebraska’s facilities, academic programs and fans at the spring game.

“The thing I loved most about it was the love and the atmosphere,” Moore said. “I’ve never been to a spring game like that. That was big to me. It shows how much they love football over there. It opened my eyes.”

Moore, who hails from Yoakum, Texas (Yoakum High School) can play all over the field. He can play at wide receiver, safety or on special teams and do it all at an elite level.

He is rated as a 4-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 62 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the 12th-best wide receiver in the country. 247 Sports also regards Moore as the eighth-best football player in prospect-rich Texas.

Moore is an absolute burner on the field, as his top-level speed usually leaves defenders in the dust. While a tad on the skinny side, Moore is a fearless competitor and uses all of his abilities to the max.

He also has great hands and can flat-out go get the ball.

Moore figures to play primarily at receiver for the Cornhuskers and his tools will be put to good use under Riley.

Riley and company are stockpiling some elite playmakers and Moore will join a class that already includes 4-star wide receivers Manuel Allen and Eric Fuller, as well as 4-star athlete Mario Goodrich. It is a class that 247 Sports now ranks as the 10th-best in the nation and third-best among Big Ten teams.

Anticipate Moore being used in a variety of offensive packages since he can line up as a possession receiver or be an ultimate deep threat on the outside.

Put simply, Moore’s upside is out of this world and he has all the makings to be a future star in the Big Ten.

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