One of the top prospects in the Upper Midlands region for the 2015 recruiting cycle is Olathe (KS) North's Josh Moore. He's a great athlete that has really blown up on the scene over the last year, wanted my several major college football programs.
Moore visited Ohio State for their Friday Night Lights camp over the weekend, and it resulted in him issuing his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes.
He discussed his decision.
"I wanted to make my decision before my season started," Moore said. "I kind of went in knowing it was a possibility. I told my family that I'd be committing to them if I liked it a lot and I did. They had everything that I was looking for. I'm happy to be a Buckeye."
Ohio State impressed Moore and his camp with everything on the trip in areas outside of football as well.
"I liked everything up there," he stressed. "The facilities are the best. They win championships and always have. They have great academic support. They have plans in place to really set up their students after college and that impressed all of us. Their academic presentation blew us away compared to what other schools had showed us."
"I am thinking about majoring in Sociology and Communications," Moore added. "They have a great program for both and I enjoyed everything they showed us and I felt like I'd be in good hands there."
The coaching staff in Columbus had Moore as a top target all along and that proved dividends in landing the tight end prospect.
"I always had the best relationship with their coaching staff," Moore shared. "They've recruited me so hard. I'm always in contact with them on social media or on the phone. I always liked that I spoke to all of their coaches and not just a couple. I always felt important to them. It was a great group of guys and great to meet them in person."
"I'm close with Coach Warinner, Coach Hinton, Coach Meyer, Coach Smith, and Coach Johnson," he continued. "All of them have been all over me and let me know that they cared for me and wanted me to be on their squad. I met Coach Meyer in the office and it was great to meet him. He's a great coach and a funny guy. He's got great assistants, though, and that's what made the decision for me."
One of the debates would be on what Moore projects to at the next level, and he's versatile enough to star at a few different positions in college. For now, Ohio State has concentrated their efforts on him on the offensive side of the ball.
"They like me as a tight end," he pointed out. "They haven't mentioned a redshirt, either. They said I will be expected to come in and compete as soon as I get there and work my way up the depth chart. I have a challenge ahead and I'm excited about it. They want me to contribute right away."
His time in Columbus also allowed him to establish relationships with current players and current commits.
"I stayed the night there," Moore stated. "I stayed in a hotel and hung out with the players at the Friday Night Lights camp. They were very welcoming and I felt like a priority the whole trip. I hung out with Josh (Alabi) who also committed. He was cool. I connected with Justin (Hilliard) and Jashon (Cornell) as well and they welcomed me in and we got to know each other."
Moore had a visit to Florida State planned as well, but that is no longer the case.
"The Florida State visit is off right now," he admitted. "I think I am done. I'm solidly committed. I'll take an official visit to Ohio State in the fall for a game. I love it up there and hope to get back out there for a couple unofficial visits, too."
Moore Explains Buckeye Choice
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