The Louisville football recruiting class for 2023, already ranked among the best in the country, got a huge boost Tuesday as wide receiver DeAndre Moore Jr. told ESPN that he is committing to the Cards.
Moore is a wide receiver in the Class of 2023.
Moore is the highest-rated player Louisville has signed in the last six years, according to data from the ESPN 300 era. In 2003 and 2004, Louisville signed highly regarded local players Michael Bush and Brian Brohm.
Louisville's class is on a path to become a landmark one. Moore is the sixth member of the class that is ranked 6th nationally and 1st in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Louisville had six commitments in the past five classes.
Moore said he could build something with his family and his boys from California. We can get more boys from out of state. We want to get Louisville back where it should be.
USC, Alabama, Notre Dame and Georgia were all picked over by Moore, who plays at Los Alamitos High School in California.
The highest Louisville class has finished was in 2006 and was ranked 21 overall. Pete Nochta is the current director of recruiting for Louisville.
Moore credited staff members like Nochta, coach Scott Satterfield and Lance Taylor for fostering a family atmosphere in the program. Taylor brought his wife, Jamie, and their two children with him when he went bowling at the school. He said Satterfield's wife knew everything about Moore and his family.
A lot of people try to sell you on family, but Louisville is that. I react to how you treat me. It was great from the jump.
Moore said that the trend of West Coast players picking Louisville was started by a quarterback commitment from St. John Bosco High School in Southern California. Moore said he is going to start recruiting hard for Louisville and is coming after Rueben Owens, a top 30 tailback from Texas, and Kyle Parker, a wide receiver from Texas.
Moore said thatPierce started it off. I will do my fair share of recruiting as well. We are going to be a tag-team recruiting duo.
California is one of the few states where athletes can profit off their name, image and likeness while still in high school.
Moore said that the small factor was not the main factor in his decision to pick Louisville.
He said that the biggest thing for him was a place that allowed him to be himself. They have a great NIL program and they are behind it, but I saw something else.
Moore did not go to USC, which was the biggest surprise. He transferred to Los Alamitos to play with USC commitment Malachi Nelson. When Lincoln Riley was at Oklahoma, Moore said everyone at his high school thought he was going to USC or Texas.
Moore said that he was comfortable with the USC coaching staff, but that it was a new time. Louisville is where I am.