When it comes to her twin boys, Michelyn Moore isn’t going to play favorites.
But that won’t be a problem for Texas and Texas A&M fans. Joshua Moore, the versatile four-star wide receiver from Yoakum, is the twin that the Longhorns will favor. The Aggies will go for Jordan, their four-star defensive back. Both are incoming freshmen.
Mom, though, is staying neutral … even if she did graduate from Texas in 1996 … and even if she did recently buy, albeit a bit reluctantly, a Texas A&M T-shirt that’s “only for game day.”
“I’ll go and do anything to support my babies,” she said. “The story that I have a favorite is false. I love them all the same.”
That story about Michelyn Moore picking a favorite son, by the way, was told by Joshua. The younger twin made his claim with a sly smile at last week’s UIL state track and field meet in Austin. While contributing to Yoakum’s first-ever team state title, he won the Class 3A long jump and ran on Yoakum’s 400-meter relay that won bronze.
Moore will return to Mike A. Myers Stadium next year as a member of UT’s track team. His top priority, however, will be across the street at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Moore is a member of Texas’ 2018 recruiting class. UT coach Tom Herman previously told reporters that he sees Moore “doing a little bit of everything.” Moore will likely see his first snaps at Texas as a slot receiver and kick returner, but he’s been told that he may be used on defense one day.
A one-time Nebraska commit, Moore pledged to Texas in February. During his senior year, he averaged 13.7 yards per rush and 15.4 yards per catch for a Yoakum team that reached the Class 3A Division I semifinals.
“(Texas is) getting a freak,” said Jerome Perry, an assistant coach on Yoakum’s football and track teams. “… He’s got his head on straight, he’s got his priorities in line, he knows what his goals are. He’s going to do whatever it takes.”
Texas has veterans Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Jerrod Heard in the slot, but Moore still expects to contribute immediately. He’s 6-1 and 175 pounds and said Texas wants him to add five pounds. He admits to having trouble gaining muscle while maintaining his speed, but he figures that won’t be a problem in the future.
“I know once I get there, coach (Yancy) McKnight, he’s going to get me right,” Moore said.
Moore received more than 50 scholarship offers from schools like Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma. He also was recruited by A&M, which had signed his brother last December. Jordan Moore is rated as the 19th-best safety prospect in the country per 247Sports’ composite ratings.
Texas and Texas A&M, of course, haven’t played since Justin Tucker nailed that 40-yard field goal in 2011. Until the Aggies and Longhorns meet again, the Moore twins will settle for smack talk and reviving the rivalry in video games. Perry joked that “the rivalry has already started” while talking about the brothers’ competitiveness. (Jordan Moore medaled twice himself at the state meet, in two relays).
His twin isn’t the only family member from whom Moore has drawn inspiration. Quintin Moore, the twins’ older brother, died in 2013 on his 20th birthday. He took his own life. Over the past five years, Joshua has found ways to commemorate Quintin. He dedicated his commitments to Nebraska and Texas to his “role model in everything, football and in life.” A silver “Q” hangs from a chain that Moore never takes off. Ahead of Yoakum games, Moore often visited the cemetery for a pep talk.
This fall, Moore will attempt to honor his brother on the football field.
“I know he’s watching over, I know he’s proud,” Moore said. “I’m just ready to go to UT and make a name for myself and carry on his legacy as well while I’m doing it.”