Tom Herman’s fifth commit of the 2018 class was Seminole High School offensive tackle, Reese Moore. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound three-star prospect plays tight end in high school, earning first-team all-district honors as a junior. He also plays on Seminole’s basketball team and runs track.
Moore joined a Texas class which includes wide receiver Justin Watkins, linebacker Byron Hobbs and quarterbacks Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising. Moore ranks as the No. 30 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 54 ranked prospect in the state, per 247Sports Composite.
Let’s take a closer look at Moore.
Skill set: It is rare to find large prep athletes with decent footwork. That’s exactly what Texas found in Moore, a prep tight end and basketball player who is extremely athletic and nimble for a young athlete his size. Moore just turned 16, so his upside and room for growth, as a player and a person, is elite. Moore could easily add an inch or two to his body and once he focuses on football, it should be relatively easy for him to reach 300 pounds within a year or two of being in a collegiate strength and conditioning program. Right now, it is hard for Moore to keep on extra weight because of his duties on the basketball court and on the track. Once he’s at Texas, Moore will only be tasked with adding weight and strength to his frame to become a future star at offensive tackle.
Immediate impact: Offensive lineman rarely make an instant impact on a program. It is arguably the toughest position for a true freshman to play at the FBS level. Moore needs a year or two in the weight room before he’s ready to handle defensive ends at the point of attack. His footwork suggests Moore will be well equipped as a pass blocker. As he adds weight and strength, he should become a bully in the run game. No program wins titles without building strong foundations on the offensive and defensive line. Herman’s program took a step toward future success by gaining the commitment of Moore, who would be ranked higher by most recruiting services if he played offensive tackle or at a high school in a major city. He chose Texas over 15 other offers.
Fitting into the program: The 2017 class wasn’t a representation of what Herman and his staff are looking for at Texas. The staff only had two months to build an entire class and it meant keeping the players already committed to Texas while trying to find a few pieces to fill the class. The 2018 class is different. Herman’s crew has the full cycle to find and recruit the type of prospects they feel they need to build Texas back into a national power. Moore isn’t a five-star, can’t-miss prospect, but he’s a player with high upside who Herman and offensive line coach Derek Warehime can mold into a hidden gem.
Recruiting at the position: Texas wants at least three offensive linemen in the 2018 class. Moore fills one of the offensive tackle spots. The Longhorns are searching for a second offensive tackle in the class and their favorite is Frisco Wakeland’s Rafiti Ghirmai, but the four-star tackle reported LSU as his top choice school after his weekend visit to Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s Cameron Wire is a new name who was offered recently. The Longhorns also want an interior lineman in the class. Allen’s Trey Stratford and Fort Bend Marshall’s Barton Clement are the top targets on the board.