“Hold That Tiger!”
The phrase occupies a large portion of LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s Twitter feed, and signifies a new commitment for the Tigers.
The 4th-year coach was able to echo the phrase once again Saturday night when Rummel receiver Koy Moore announced his commitment to Louisiana’s top college football program.
“It feels awesome,” Moore said Monday evening after his first practice with the Raiders as an LSU commitment. “All the people from Louisiana love it and all I got today at school was ‘congrats,’ so I’m enjoying it right now.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wideout is a 4-star prospect on 247sports.com, and is ranked as the ninth overall prospect in Louisiana and the 45th receiver in the nation. He becomes the fourth receiver in LSU’s 2020 class, the other three of which are ranked in the top seven nationally in Rakim Jarrett (No. 3), Jermaine Burton (No. 6) and Kayshon Boutte (No. 7).
The Tigers also already have another former Rummel receiver on their roster in sophomore-to-be Ja’Marr Chase and vying for playing time will be no small task.
Moore, however, has never shied away from a challenge.
“I’m not scared of competition,” said Moore, who announced his decision Saturday during an elaborate Lua-themed celebration at Lil Quincy & Pig’s Party Place in Kenner two days after his 18th birthday. “That ain’t nothing to me. I’m going to work and keep working and make sure I’m going to play.”
He won’t have to worry about playing time this season with Rummel as he’s set to be the go-to target for the Raiders. He snagged 33 passes for 467 yards with a pair of touchdowns during the regular season last year, and had a huge game in the Raiders’ Division I semifinal matchup at Catholic-B.R. hauling in 14 catches for 88 yards with Rummel’s only touchdown.
Moore followed that season with a strong summer competing with the Louisiana Bootleggers, the state’s premier 7-on-7 team, and also participated in the prestigious events of Nike’s The Opening in Frisco, TX and Rivals’ 5-star challenge in Atlanta, GA.
He performed well alongside some of the nation’s top prospects in spite of not having the typical physical attributes of a top-flight receiver in his own words.
“I’m not a freak of nature or anything,” Moore said. “I’m not Randy Moss or nothing running really fast, or 6-(foot)-5 jumping high. All of this, I worked for this.”
Moore credits his older brother, Corey Hardy, for helping groom him into the player he’s become. Hardy, who runs his own training called “Camp Hardy,” has mentored Moore since a young age helping to hone his skills.
The result was Moore morphing into a technician of sorts with crisp route-running and a nose for the football. His competitive nature and confidence is also a key to his success and Rummel coach Nick Monica has been a first-hand witness to Moore’s growth during his time on Severn Avenue.
“He was a good player when he first got here athletically, but physically, he’s more mature now,” Monica explained. “He was voted as a captain by his teammates the other day and I think that says a lot about his work ethic. He’s had a pretty good camp so far and hopefully that carries over into the regular season.”
Moore can now fully focus on his senior year with the Raiders after a deliberate and well-thought out recruiting process. He originally committed to USC in August of 2018, but coaching changes led Moore to re-open his recruitment this past February.
The talented wideout is now heading to a program he believes will be a national championship contender in the coming years with an offense directed by offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers coach Joe Brady.
“I sat down and watched film with Joe Brady and (receivers) coach Mick(ey Joseph),” Moore began. “I just watched how the offense was using Michael Thomas and the other threats they had. You don’t even know most of their names and they were looking really good, so just imagine what they could do with the ballers at LSU.
“That’s the first team that really believed in me,” Moore added regarding what ultimately led him to commit to LSU. “It’s a different mentality up there and that’s a national championship team I see right now. They’re working hard up there and Coach O is changing that place around.”