LINCOLN, Neb. — Summers in Yoakum, Texas, mean two things for 2018 wide receiver Joshua Moore
Building houses and building fences.
“Which in that Texas heat, that can humble a guy,” said Yoakum High School coach Bo Robinson.
Joshua’s grandfather, Charlie Hall, played linebacker for the Cleveland Browns from 1971 to 1980. He’s now in Yoakum, and provides guidance and a summer job for Joshua and his twin brother, Jordan, two of the top players in the 2018 class. In the summer, Hall commissions the two to help with his business of tearing down homes, rebuilding houses and building fences.
“(Joshua) is always there in the summer working,” Robinson said. “They’re a close-knit family.”
The closeness of the town, and the Moore family, is why Robinson believes Moore recently moved back from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to Yoakum. Moore announced in February that he would transfer to the infamous boarding school in Florida for his senior year. But a few months later, Moore is already back in Texas.
“I haven’t talk to him much since he’s been back, but I’m sure he was home sick and his twin brother (Jordan) was still here,” Robinson said. “And his parents and kids he grew up with are here and I think he had a good time in Florida, and learned a lot and I think he was homesick.”
Joshua is Nebraska’s top target in the 2018 class. The 4-star wide receiver is rated as the No. 14 receiver and holds 53 scholarship offers, the most in the country.
He unofficially visited Nebraska on April 15 for the spring game and the Huskers are favored to land Moore when he announces his commitment on June 18.
According to his coach, Moore has NFL talent. And not just at receiver.
“His sophomore year, he played a lot for us as a corner, played a little QB for us, too, and you can just see his talent, and I still believe that his best position may be corner,” Robinson said. “He has such long arms and good hips and I think at the next level, after college, he’ll be making his money in the NFL playing corner.”
Moore is long (6-foot-1, 170 pounds), which means he can get his hands on receivers early in routes to throw them off. And that, maybe more than anything, is what Moore is best at, Robinson said.
Off the field, Moore is a quiet guy in the locker room, Robinson said, adding that Jordan is the loud one. Joshua is a worker who has no problem filling any role the team needs.
Yoakum doesn’t use a pass-heavy offense. If anything, the only passes come on 1-on-1 situations on the outside. So most of Moore’s time on the field is spent blocking.
“He doesn’t get showcased as much at our place because of what we do offensively,” Robinson said. “Last year, I’m sure he’d like to have caught 70 passes, but he caught like 30 because of what we did offensively, and he was perfectly happy having the tailback get the the glory while he was blocking on the perimeter.”
Moore is good at seemingly everything he does, Robinson added, saying Joshua comes from a good family and has people telling him the right things at home.
He’s grounded, too.
Which makes sense. After all, Texas heat can humble a guy.