New Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen is busy compiling his first football roster with the Cougars. Two new additions to the roster will come from a pair of power conference programs with the additions of safeties Thabo Mwaniki and Jordan Moore.
According to a report from Tulsa World, Mwaniki is heading to Houston after making his decision to leave Oklahoma State last November. After starting the first four games for the Cowboys, Mwaniki was reduced to a backup role in the Cowboys defense.
Moore, who previously played at Texas A&M, announced his decision to transfer to Houston on Sunday night with an image on his Twitter account. The image of Moore in a Houston football uniform included the message “New chapter,” thus noting he was ready to start with a clean slate with the Cougars. Moore announced his decision to transfer from the Aggies just before Christmas.
Moore will be required to sit out the 2019 season and will be eligible to play again beginning in 2020 due to NCAA transfer rules. However, because he only appeared in four games for Texas A&M in 2018, he can preserve a year of eligibility under the NCAA’s redshirt rule. That would make him a redshirt sophomore in 2020.
Mwaniki still has a redshirt option to use as well. Mwaniki appeared in seven games for Oklahoma State last season so he would have to use his redshirt year for the 2019 season, which he would have to sit out anyway due to NCAA transfer rules. Mwaniki will have two years of eligibility to use at Houston.
Former TCU wide receiver Jordan Moore is transferring to LSU, where he hopes to have a chance to walk on to the Tigers football team while continuing his track career in Baton Rouge.
Moore announced his decision to transfer to another school in January, although it was unknown where he was intended to move. As previously noted at the time, Moore’s accomplishments on the track were impressive in his time at TCU. He only participated in one season of track with the Horned Frogs.
During his recruitment out of high school, Moore held offers from almost any school for track, including LSU. LSU had only extended an offer for track when Moore was being recruited, and TCU gave him a better chance to do both sports. Moore ended up being buried on the depth chart in Fort Worth and now expects to have a chance to compete for playing time under Les Miles.
“I didn’t get the opportunity I thought I should have gotten for football,” Moore said in a story by The Reveille. “But everything works out for the better at the end of the day. I had a good experience. I just had to take my talents elsewhere, where I feel like they could be amplified.”
The now all-too-common “take my talents” phrase. Thanks LeBron.
Moore appeared in 11 games for TCU in 2014. He caught five passes for 29 yards in his mostly mop-up duty playing time. In 2013 Moore caught two passes for 21 yards and rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown. While at TCU, Moore played multiple positions and showed some versatility that LSU could utilize as well.