Seminole High School head coach Kent Jackson was standing outside of church on Sunday when he ran into a familiar face. It was Reese Moore — his all-district tight end and a three-star offensive tackle prospect — who let him in on a secret that Moore would reveal to the recruiting world later in the day.
“I was as surprised as anyone when he pulled me aside and told me he was committing to Texas,” Jackson said. “The recruiting process can become a mental drain. Reese wasn’t losing joy in the recruiting process, but I could tell he focused in on his decision over the last few weeks and wanted to get the decision over with so he could concentrate on his senior season.”
Moore was visited at his school last Friday by Texas assistant coach Derek Warehime. The Longhorns’ offensive line coach had prioritized Moore, who stands 6-6 and weights 265 pounds. Warehime, along with other assistant coaches from around the country, feels like Moore can easily make the transition to tackle in college.
“Reese has God-given abilities,” Jackson said. “There are a lot of guys with his size, but not many of them can move like Reese. Coaches came and saw him play basketball, watched him run up and down the court and knew he was an athlete. He also competes on our track team.
“It helps him be well-rounded, but it also keeps him from adding weight. Once he can concentrate on a strength and conditioning program year-around, I’ve had some coaches tell me he can carry 300 pounds within a year or two.”
It’s easier to add good weight than subtract bad weight. Moore, who just turned 16, has room to grow.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get taller,” Jackson said. “He’s a young kid who is still growing. He has a lot of upside.”
Moore, who was offered by Texas on Feb. 7, was in town for the Longhorns’ recent Orange-White scrimmage. He ranks as the No. 30 tackle prospect in the country and the No. 54-ranked prospect in Texas, per the 247Sports composite. Texas was one of 16 programs to offer him.
“I picked Texas because when we were there, the atmosphere and energy within the program was amazing,” Moore said. “I just had a feeling that it was the place for me.”
For Moore’s part, he’s not concerned about the eventual position change.
“I don’t really care what I play,” he said. “I’m just willing to do whatever to benefit the team.”
And that doesn’t surprise his head coach.
“As great of player as Reese is, he’s an even better person. That’s what you want in a player and it is the reason coaches fell in love with him during the process,” Jackson said. “He’s humble and had a great upbringing with his parents. He represents the type of athlete we want at Seminole and we’re excited about his future.”