Former Texas A&M football safety Jordan Moore announced his transfer decision last night, and it didn’t go the way many had expected.
Transfers are part of college football. Every year the big schools lose players who have lost out on starting positions and believe their dream of playing at the next level would be better served on another campus. This is the scenario with now-former Texas A&M football safety Jordan Moore.
The Aggies struggled in the secondary in 2018 by just about every metric. You’d think a player would look at this opportunity as a chance to stand out and improve the defense, but that’s just how it looks from the outside. Perhaps Moore has an issue with the way he is being coached, or isn’t a fan of the culture after Kevin Sumlin left. It’s especially not uncommon for recruits who were mostly recruited by another coach to leave when a new coach is hired.
However, it wouldn’t be surprising if this simply came down to playing time. Moore not only didn’t see the field much for the Aggies in 2018, but Jimbo Fisher has two Top 100 safeties from the 2019 recruiting class coming in. Derrick Tucker and Leon O’Neal Jr. are near locks to start in 2019 and Brian Williams and Demani Richardson will be expected to contribute ASAP.
When Moore announced his decision to transfer, there was a consensus on Twitter which believed he would join his twin brother at the University of Texas. The fuel was added to this fire when Moore tweeted the following picture not long after his transfer announcement:
Alas, Moore could not be lured to join Tom Herman and the Longhorns, instead choosing to transfer to powerhouse Houston, led by new head coach Dana Holgorsen (who left Big 12 school West Virginia to take over for the Cougars).
HIs connection to Texas is well-known, but Moore is also cousins with new Houston wide receiver and assistant head coach Tyron Carrier.
The Cougars are clearly making an effort to be relevant in the state of Texas. Houston has a huge recruiting talent pool, and bringing in players like Moore is a good start.