Moore Could Get The Ball Rolling For OSU

Ohio State wasted little time getting a verbal commitment from a junior last season, but that has not been the case this year. However, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman defensive prospect J.T. Moore could be the first player to toss his name into the hat for the class of 2010.

One season ago, Ohio State got its recruiting class of 2009 off to a quick start. On Sept. 1, the first day colleges can officially offer high school juniors, OSU head coach Jim Tressel found himself accepting a verbal commitment from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity linebacker Jordan Whiting.

This time around, the Buckeyes have not yet landed a verbal commitment for the class of 2010, but they might not be far off as far as Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman prospect J.T. Moore is concerned.

A life-long OSU fan, Moore was one of the few juniors in the country to quickly receive a full scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. It arrived at his house Sept. 5.

"It's amazing and unbelievable," he told "It was a great experience."

The Buckeyes are the only school to have officially given the 6-3, 216-pound Moore a scholarship. Not surprisingly given his situation, Moore has found a lot to like about OSU.

"Basically everything – the coaches, the staff, the players down there and how they treat everybody," he said. "It's a great feeling being down there."

Moore has been to OSU on a number of occasions including the 2008 spring game and the OSU-Youngstown State game this season.

Although he is being recruited by the Buckeyes as a defensive end, Moore has the potential to grow into an outside linebacker. The OSU coaches are looking at him potentially playing both positions in college.

Given a choice, Moore said he has no preference where he plays.

"I like to hit and I like to get to the ball," he said.

The coaches have not specifically discussed what they like about Moore, he said. Rather, they have told him they like the fact that he is good enough to play for the Buckeyes at the next level.

Moore said he received interest from Michigan State earlier this year and that Illinois has been calling him. Other than that, Kentucky and Connecticut have also expressed interest.

However, the plan is to make a decision soon – perhaps as soon as within the next week.

"Hopefully as soon as possible," he said when asked when he might make a final call. "I need to finish talking to my family and my mom about it. A.S.A.P. I will talk to my coach about it as soon as possible."

Asked what he is looking to find in a program, Moore said he wants to see "how they treat you and how the program is and how the coaching staff takes care of its players."

What Moore is looking for in a program is in line with what he thinks about the OSU program. Putting two and two together, Moore admitted that he is close to becoming member No. 1 of the Buckeyes' class of 2010.

"I'm really close to it," he said.

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