LSU is poised to gain an edge rusher as Bastrop High/Copiah-Lincoln Community College product Travez Moore is set to honor his commitment to the Tigers on Wednesday.
As far as Travez Moore is concerned, Wednesday can't get here fast enough. Moore plans to sign a national letter-of-intent with LSU, and start classes when the new semester begins on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
A linebacker/defensive end, Moore originally committed to the Tigers while playing at Bastrop High. Following a two-year detour through Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College, Moore is set to join the Tigers for spring practice.
"I'm just looking forward to getting down there," Moore said Wednesday evening. "My goal is to go there and help LSU win a national championship. Hopefully, I can have an impact on the team immediately."
Moore originally chose the Tigers over TCU and South Carolina before taking the junior college route to gain his eligibility. Oregon recently made a push for his services, but his heart was set on LSU all along.
Although the Tigers underwent a coaching change with Ed Orgeron replacing Les Miles during the 2016 season, Moore says LSU continued to keep in touch.
"I felt like LSU was committed to me," Moore said. "Coach Orgeron called me earlier this season and asked me if I was ready to commit, and I said, 'Yes, sir.' Coach O saw me in camp when I was in high school, and has been recruiting ever since."
Moore's football career got off to a late start. When he moved to Bastrop from Farmerville as a sophomore, he had never played organized football. After a year with the junior varsity, Moore started his final two seasons in 2014 and 2015.
A chiseled 6-3, 235-pounder with an explosive first step, Moore quickly caught the attention of college coaches.
Two years later, Moore says he has bulked up to 6-5, 256 pounds.
"I've gotten huge, and I've kept my speed," Moore said. "I could always run."
Moore says his time at Co-Lin, located in Wesson, Mississippi, was well spent.
"Going the junior college route was the best move for me," Moore said. "I didn't like it when I first got there, but I stayed with it."
Looking back, Moore says he needed time to develop.
"I was still learning the game my freshman year," Moore said. "I feel like I've caught up a lot the last two years. My technique has gotten so much better. In high school, I really didn't know how to use my hands. Now, my hands are clean. It's important to know how to use your hands going against those big offensive linemen.
"The coaches at Co-Lin worked with me and taught me how to play linebacker."
Moore's growth wasn't limited to football. Word out of Co-Lin has it that Moore is often the first student to arrive for class.
"I take my school work seriously now, and it's paid off," said Moore, who plans to pursue a sports medicine degree at LSU.
Moore has endured his share of ups and downs. But come Wednesday, it will all be worthwhile.
"I have wanted to be a Tiger since I started playing football my sophomore year in high school," Moore said. "I never really thought about going anywhere else."