Moeller Reflects On OSU Visit; Looks Ahead

Cincinnati Colerain outside linebacker Tyler Moeller committed to Ohio State early in the fall and he's happy he did so. Moeller took his official visit to OSU Dec. 2-4 and was able to relax and enjoy himself. We caught up with Moeller who gave his thoughts on the visit, why he picked OSU and what he is looking forward to about his college career.

Ohio State verbal commitment Tyler Moeller took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend (Dec. 2-4).

The outside linebacker from Cincinnati Colerain was hosted by OSU freshman linebacker Austin Spitler.

"He was real cool," Moeller said. "Just showed me around and told me what to know and everything. I got to see the dorms and see the whole campus and stuff like that. We got to hang out with some of the recruits and the people who took them around, which was pretty good. We saw Bobby Carpenter for a little bit and I got to talk to Nick Mangold, which was pretty cool talking to them."

The 6-1, 205-pound Moeller is relieved that his decision is out of the way. He was able to just kick back and enjoy himself on the visit to OSU.

"I'm so glad I made my decision early and I'm not having to stress out about it now," Moeller said. "Knowing that I'm going to Ohio State already took a lot of stress off the trip. I thought it was a really good decision and I'm glad I made it early. Kind of nice that I don't have to deal with the other schools and try and figure it out and all that kind of stuff."

Moeller is as down-to-earth as they come. He has no illusions about playing as a true freshman in 2006. He realizes that he needs to get bigger before he suits up for the Buckeyes.

"I think I'll probably redshirt, because of my weight and everything," he said. "There's so many good players up there. But, I'm not sure. I can't make that decision. That's the coaches' decision."

Moeller hopes to add 20 pounds over the next year.

"Yeah, hopefully I gain some weight and get up in that 220-230 range," he said. "I'm trying right now, so hopefully get past 220."

But Moeller doesn't want to add weight by eating a lot of fast food. He takes a more sensible approach.

"I'm drinking a lot of protein shakes and my dad cook a lot of steaks and stuff," he said. "But it seems like I'll gain weight one day and then it all goes away."

Colerain began the season looking to repeat as Division I state champions. The Cardinals represented Ohio with a win over Robert E. Lee from Tyler, Texas, in the inaugural Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge. However, Colerain dropped a pair of games to Cincinnati St. Xavier, including the second round of the playoffs.

"I thought this year went pretty well," Moeller said. "It would be nice if we had another state championship right now, but I'm glad that St. X brought it back to town though. It was a really good season and it was really cool to play with guys like Cobrani Mixon and Connor (Smith) and all them."

Moeller also reflected on his junior season when the Cardinals were 15-0 and were ranked as one of the top teams in the country.

"That was an unbelievable season," Moeller said. "All the upperclassmen taught me a lot and it was just an unbelievable season. We played well and had a lot of fun."

Moeller was asked what school he would have picked if OSU was not an option.

"That's a tough question," he said. "I was considering Iowa and Virginia Tech. I was looking at Michigan for a second. They got in really late."

Moeller says there were several reasons why he picked the Buckeyes.

"I really like the coaches," he said. "I really like (head coach Jim) Tressel, (linebackers coach Luke) Fickell and them. And it's close to home being from Ohio. It's a winning program. It was just the best choice for me. A lot of positives and no negatives."

Smith, the 6-5, 305-pound manchild of an offensive lineman, picked Ohio State in August. As soon as he committed, he began recruiting his friend and teammate Moeller.

"He was egging me on a little," Moeller said with a laugh. "He told me I needed to join him."

Moeller will not graduate high school early. He plans on enjoying the rest of his senior year and will move to Columbus sometime during the summer.

"I know it won't be in the springtime," he said. "It will be in the summer, somewhere around then. It's going to be great. I'm just looking forward to playing football for Ohio State."

Moeller is ranked as the No. 21 linebacker prospect in the country by As a junior in 2004, he racked up 120 tackles and 11 sacks.

He was unsure of his 2005 statistics.

Moeller's father – Mike Moeller – played college football at Kent State.

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