Moss talks visits, Gooden taking his time

RB Tyrone Moss and LB Tavares Gooden are two of the more highly-rated recruits from the Ft. Lauderdale area. We caught up to them recently for some updates.

You hear fans often times discuss what states have the most football talent.nbsp; Florida is certainly one of the top three states on that list, and a big reason is the talent to come out of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.  You'd be hard-pressed to find another area in the entire country with more football talent than Dade and Broward counties (if you want proof, check out the roster of the Miami Hurricanes, and then consider also how many players from that area don't go to Miami).  OSU has had success in this area in recent years, and this year, they have two of the best players in the area showing interest.

Coming into the season, Ohio State fans were pretty confident that the situation at tailback was a good one.  Now, all of a sudden, with the emergence of Maurice Clarett, fans are starting to wonder if a tailback or two might transfer, thus making it more of a necessity to take a good tailback in this class.  

When it comes to tailbacks, there aren't many better than Pompano Beach (FL) Ely's Tyrone Moss.  Moss, who is the top running back in the state of Florida this year, is being highly-recruited by everybody.  In the past, there have been reports that he was interested in Ohio State, and there have also been reports that he has been interested in other schools, but he said recently that OSU is on the list.

"Yes, I am still looking at Ohio State," Tyrone said. "I am looking to probably make a visit up there." 

Tyrone hasn't traveled out of the area, but he plans to soon.

"The only games I have been to have been Miami," he said. "I have not taken any visits and I haven't set up any yet.  

"As far as visits are concerned, I am saying Ohio State for sure, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina State. I can't decide on a 5th visit.  I am still looking at Michigan State too.  I won't make any visits until after the season."

So far, Tyrone (who said he is currently 5-10 and about 210 pounds) and his team are off to a good start.

"We are 3-0 and ranked # 1 in class 5A," he said.  "I have 435 yards and 7 touchdowns in 3 games."  

Another player from the area interested in Ohio State is Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Tavares Gooden.  But he sounds like he does not have things narrowed down just yet.  

"I have only been to games at UM (Miami)," he said. "I have not settled on schools. Coach will bring me in later and we will talk about that." 

Understandably, he has other things on his mind.

"I want to concentrate now on winning the state championship. I want a ring," he said. "Yes, they give rings down here for winning the state championship." 

"We were 14-1 last year. We lost the state championship game."

Tavares is trying to kick some injury problems this season.

 "I have 10 1/2 tackles in 1 1/2 games," he said. "I was a little dinged and sat out one game. No problem though. I will be back this week." 

It turns out Tavares knows one of the current Buckeyes pretty well.

"Yes, I know Nate Salley," he said. "We are not just teammates. We are friends. We have spent a lot of time together."

OSU has one of their best recruiters working in that area, and he's recruiting Tavares as well.  "Bill Conley is recruiting me for Ohio State," Tavares said.

As we've said before, the Buckeyes have a streak going of landing players from this area.  Two of them - Salley and Ft. Lauderdale Dillard product Chris Gamble - are solid contributors to the team.  It will be interesting to see if the Buckeyes can keep that streak going this year, and Moss and Gooden are two of the players who might be candidates. 

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