When Joshua Moore committed to Texas Tech two days before Christmas, the former Texas Longhorns wide receiver appeared to fill a need. The Red Raiders were losing their top two wideouts, Erik Ezukanma as an early entry for the NFL draft and Kaylon Geiger, who's out of eligibility.
Having Moore as an option lasted only a month.
On Monday, Moore changed his commitment to SMU. The 6-foot-1, 169-pound senior from Yoakum has two years of eligibility left, counting the free season the NCAA granted all players for the COVID-disrupted 2020 season.
In three years at UT, Moore caught 61 passes for 790 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2020, he put up career highs of 30 receptions for 472 yards and nine TDs, the latter tying for most in the Big 12 that season.
Unless it adds more experience via the NCAA transfer portal or junior colleges, Tech will be counting on young receivers to emerge in 2022. Myles Price, going into his junior year, is the top returning pass catcher, coming off a sophomore season in which he had 38 catches for 523 yards and two touchdowns.
They Red Raiders will need some combination of Trey Cleveland, Loic Founji, J.J. Sparkman and Jerand Bradley to step up. None has put up big numbers so far, but that collection of wideouts finished the season on a high note.
In Tech's 34-7 Liberty Bowl victory against Mississippi State, Cleveland caught an 18-yard pass to convert a third-and-10, Bradley caught a 52-yard pass to set up a touchdown and Sparkman caught a 14-yard TD pass.
Walk-on QB commits
Arlington Lamar quarterback Jaden Morris announced Monday he has committed to Tech. He'll be a preferred walk-on.
Morris completed 171 of 284 passes this season for 1,819 yards and 11 touchdowns. He threw 12 interceptions. He also ran 49 times for 194 yards and three TDs.
Arlington Lamar finished 2-8.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: College football: Former UT receiver switches pledge from Tech to SMU