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Moore Pledges to Aggies
The #YESSIR signal flies once again in Aggieland. Cedar Hill 2015 linebacker Richard Moore is the newest addition to the Texas A&M recruiting class as he announced his commitment to the Aggies on Thursday afternoon. Moore's commitment to head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies has been speculated for a while now since Moore made it known a couple of weeks ahead of time that he would announce his pledge Thursday. Then came the surprise news just after noon Thursday, when Moore's five-star receiver teammate, DaMarkus Lodge, announced via Twitter that he had committed to Texas A&M. Baylor was also considered a front-runner, but the closer the announcement got, the more the signs pointed to Texas A&M for Moore, as Scout.com national analyst Greg Powers suggested earlier this week in his weekly Midlands Region mailbag. Scout rates Moore as a three-star outside linebacker prospect and No. 31 nationally at his position. Scout also has Moore at No. 62 in the statewide Texas Hot 100. Moore chose the Aggies over at least 20 other offers, including Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Fresno State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, UTSA, Wake Forest, Washington, and Wisconsin. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Moore fits the mold of an even-front outside linebacker who can play in space. While his size may not overwhelm, he's a bona fide striker who really finishes his tackles. Moore is a fearsome hitter who plays with a lot of aggression and makes a lot of plays in the backfield, as evidenced by his monster numbers from Cedar Hill's 2013 state championship season: 182 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one forced fumble, and three pass breakups. The additions of Lodge and Moore continue the sizzling pace Texas A&M has set on the recruiting trail since the beginning of May. Moore is A&M's 17th commitment and the ninth since May 1 as the Aggies sit at No. 2 in the latest national team rankings for the 2015 cycle, trailing only Alabama. The SEC West owns the top three spots with Auburn in third. Texas A&M, which got its eighth commitment Feb. 28 from Buda (Texas) Hays four-star offensive guard Connor Lanfear, went all of March and April without a 2015 commitment -- 2016 four-star offensive tackle Patrick Hudson of Silsbee (Texas) pledged in late March -- before Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College three-star safety Justin Evans snapped the drought May 1 and sparked the run Texas A&M is still enjoying as we enter the latter stages of June. Five of the nine commitments since May 1 are defensive players, including three linebackers: Moore, Plano (Texas) East three-star Landis Durham (June 15 commit), and College Station (Texas) A&M Consolidated three-star Riley Garner (May 21 commit). The May 28 commitment of Allen (Texas) four-star quarterback Kyler Murray has especially accelerated the recruiting success during the past few weeks. Murray chose the Aggies over Oregon and other offers reaching double digits. The next day, not only did Cypress (Texas) Ridge four-star receiver Kemah Siverand commit to the Aggies, but longtime A&M commit and Gladewater (Texas) five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack announced that he had canceled summer trips to LSU, Alabama, and Auburn. Less than a week later came the commitment of Richmond (Texas) George Ranch four-star defensive tackle Kingsley Keke on June 4, followed by Durham on June 15, Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus four-star offensive tackle Keaton Sutherland on June 16, and now the big Cedar Hill duo of Lodge and Moore on June 19. Of the Aggies' 17 commitments, two are five-stars, 10 are four-stars, and five are three-stars. For a full list of Texas A&M's 2015 pledges and their commitment dates, click this link.
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