Still Solid To Michigan?

As Buckeye fans watch a difficult season unravel for their Michigan counterparts up north, the status of some of the top Wolverine verbal commitments has been the source of speculation on message boards across the country. BuckeyeSports.com caught up with tight end Brandon Moore to get his thoughts.

Any interest in Brandon Moore by the Ohio State coaching staff is likely one-sided.

At least, that was the impression given off by the tight end prospect at Trotwood (Ohio) Madison following his team's come-from-behind, 20-19 victory over Troy, Ohio, on Oct. 12.

"I haven't talked to an Ohio State guy since I committed," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I had a seven on seven tournament up there and they wouldn't even look me in the face. Nothing with Ohio State right now."

While he began the season playing both defensive end and tight end/wide receiver for the Rams, Moore has stopped playing on the defensive side of the ball to stay better rested. Michigan is recruiting him as a tight end, while the Buckeyes apparently have had dreams of him as a defensive end.

Against Troy, he lined up at slot receiver for all but one series when he lined up at tight end. He finished with two catches for 22 yards.

"It felt real good to pull out the win," he said. "This is the first game that we won up close. We lost two games this year, one game by four points and the other game by two points. It does feel good to get a close win in. We've got to persevere over all the negative stuff."

After beginning the season weighing around 240 pounds, the 6-6 Moore said he is now down to 225 pounds with an ideal playing weight in college of 235, he said.

When Moore committed to U-M in mid-May, he chose it over Florida, Tennessee and Georgia, all of whom had offered him. It was the relationship he built with the Michigan coaching staff, the academic programs at the school and his desire to commit before his senior season began that drove him to verbal to the Wolverines.

Moore said rumors about Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr's impending resignation at the end of the season do not bother him.

"My coach had reiterated with me, talking about, ‘He's not going to be going anywhere,' " Moore said. "The coach that recruited me, he told me that."

Moore is one of three tight ends verbally committed to the Maize and Blue. He joins Toledo Whitmer's Kevin Koger and Mc Kees Rocks (Pa.) Montour's Christian Wilson, both of whom had been offered by the Buckeyes.

Scout lists Moore as the No. 13 prospect at his position, while Wilson and Koger are ranked 19th and seventh, respectively.

The crowded situation at tight end in the class of 2008 has not had an adverse effect on Moore.

"Actually, me and Kevin are kind of close," he said. "I've met him since he's committed. I like Kevin. It's going to be fun playing with another guy, having somebody push me and I'm going to be pushing him at the same time."

Should the Buckeyes come calling, though, it appears they would likely be wasting their breath.

"Really, it won't do anything for me," he said. "The only way how I won't go to Michigan is, I don't know, something miraculous would have to happen for me not to go to Michigan. That's my school right now."


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