A Joe Moore Playing at Iowa Seems Like a Natural Occurrence

February 20, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

A Joe Moore joining the Iowa football program seems like fate, doesn’t it?

The Hawkeyes captured the Joe Moore Award, given to the country’s top offensive line, in 2016. It was created in honor of its namesake, a longtime coach and mentor to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Ironically, Iowa finds itself firmly in the mix for Class of 2020 defensive lineman Joe Moore III from St. Louis Cardinal Ritter College Prep. Though he’s not related to the Joe Moore honored by the award, the connection is real.

“The thing that stood out to me about the junior day was when I got to sit down with the head coach and talk to him one-on-one,” Moore III told HN.

The culture resonated with him. He appreciated the stability of the program.

“I learned that all of the coaches have been there for many years and aren’t planning on going anywhere,” Moore III said.

Ferentz is entering is 21st season running the show. He’s the dean of college coaches. Defensive line coach Reese Morgan is beginning his 20th campaign with the Hawkeyes.

They appreciate Moore’s versatility. At 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, he could end up at outside linebacker, defensive end or defensive tackle, according to what the coaches told him.

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“They think I’m a good fit in their defense because I can rush the quarterback and pressure him, and because I have speed,” Moore said. “I could be a nice fit and be a major part to their defense.”

Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State and Kansas are among the other schools to have reportedly offered Moore III a scholarship. He’s scheduled to visit the Jayhawks this weekend, the Cyclones next month and travel to Arizona to see both schools this spring.

“I’ve got more visits coming up, and I’m just trying to see about every school right now,” he said.

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The Hawkeyes were the first Power 5 school to offer Moore III. He visited there in December for a bowl practice and moved the relationship with them forward at junior day.

“They are high on the list right now,” he said.

Assistant defensive line coach Kelvin Bell along with LeVar Woods, who recruits St. Louis for Iowa, are leading the program’s pursuit of Moore III, who totaled 88 tackles as a junior.

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“They are good people and want the best for me. They talk to me about more than just football,” he said.

Moore III, who wants to major in Engineering when he gets to college, is rated by 247 as a three-star prospect, the No. 38 strong-side defensive end nationally in the ’20 class, and the No. 15 prospect in Missouri regardless of position in this cycle. He is not yet ranked by Rivals.

Here’s a look at Moore’s junior highlights:

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