The 2023 football class for the University of Louisville will go down on paper as the best class in the history of the program. Today, Coach Scott Satterfield and his staff secured the commitment of one of the elite players in the country. 4 Star CA WR DeAndre Moore Jr picked the Cards.
NEW: ESPN’s No. 17 overall football recruit, DeAndre Moore Jr. (@DeandreMooreJr) tells ESPN he’s committed to Louisville. He’s the school’s highest rated recruit in ESPN rankings era (since 2006) and the sixth ESPN 300 recruit in Louisville’s 2023 class. https://t.co/nAPoOUCL9a pic.twitter.com/LoA8paIoWC— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) May 31, 2022
Moore is a 6’0 185 lbs WR that plays for Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, CA. He’s ranked the 17th-overall prospect in ESPN’s Top 300 and the number 2 WR on their site. On 247sports, he’s ranked as 55th prospect overall nationally and number 4 WR per their composite rankings.
Per 247sports, he chose UofL over offers from Oregon, Texas, USC, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M, among others. Pete Thomas and Lance Taylor (along with QB commit Pierce Clarkson) led the charge to get Moore to the Cards.
Moore had previously committed to Oklahoma in September of 2021, but decommitted on January 31st, 2022 after Lincoln Riley accepted the head coaching position at USC. Moore transferred to Los Alamitos for his junior from Desert Pines in Las Vegas, NV.
DeAndre Moore Highlights
Moore is a talented WR that is a two-way player in high school. He plays safety and receiver. However, make no mistake he will be a WR at Louisville. He’s a versatile receiver that can line up in the slot or outside. He’s excellent running the little bubble screen from the slot or outside. The reason why is his ability to make defenders miss tackles with jukes and his lower body strength that allows him to break tackles.
Another aspect of Moore’s ability shows up when he’s lined up one-on-one on the outside. He’s got excellent footwork and is able to get clean releases on the regular. These clean releases often lead to him getting behind the defense for easy pitch-and-catch type throws. Whether they be deep patterns down the sideline, down the seem, or flag, drag, slant, or post routes in the red zone, Moore is a guy who will always find himself open.
When Moore is running free in the secondary, he shows excellent ability to track the football in the air and he uses his hands to catch the ball, not his body. He can even get up on passes in crowded areas that are contested to high point the pass and come down with a reception. So, he plays in some respects bigger than his 6’0 size. Something else I like is he shows he can adjust on a poorly thrown ball to catch it, keep his balance, regain any speed lost adjusting quickly, and get to the end zone. His speed is also tremendous. He flies with ease and shows plenty of speed to outrun angles of any pursuers. His speed is reminiscent of guys from the past like Tutu Atwell or Trent Guy. He’s got game-changing speed.
It’s no accident DeAndre Moore Jr is a top 5 rated WR and top 50ish player overall in the nation. His build and ability remind me of a former local high school player that ended up at Purdue, Rondale Moore. He’s got speed and agility that are next level, but his size and strength make him like a bowling ball. At Louisville, where Coach Satterfield likes a lot of different formations, I could see Moore lining up in the slot, outside, and even in the backfield. In other words, he would be a weapon x type player. The offense for 2023 and beyond is looking ridiculously dangerous for any opponent UofL will face. DeAndre Moore will be terrorizing the ACC and nation while wearing Cardinal red and black.
With Moore’s commitment, the 2023 Cardinal class is ranked 7th-overall nationally. The class is not done yet with only 10 commits and the staff expected to take a full class of somewhere over 20 commits.