Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Rondale Moore is opting out of the 2020 college football season, he announced Thursday.
That’s a phrase that’s becoming common for top-tier college players who are also big-time NFL prospects. Moore joins Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, and Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau as big-name college players to opt out.
As for Moore, a top-tier receiver who was entering his third season at Purdue, he is now going to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft, where he should be one of, if not the first wide receiver taken.
Unfortunately, we didn’t see much of Moore last year, as he played in just four games in 2019 before an injury to his hamstring put an end to his season. He had 29 catches for 387 yards and two scores.
The 5-9 Moore caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2018. He also rushed 21 times for 213 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first true freshman consensus All-American in Big Ten history.
Moore was originally offered by Kentucky, but he initially committed to Texas before flipping to Purdue. That came after he enjoyed a standout high school career at Trinity in Louisville, Kentucky.
Expect to see a lot more players take Moore’s approach and opt out of the upcoming season as the coronavirus continues to plague America.