This year, it has taken them a few more days to do so, but the class of 2010 landed its first verbal member before the calendar could turn to the month of October. Before his school day ended at Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman, junior defensive end J.T. Moore placed a call to OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock.
Heacock passed the phone to OSU head coach Jim Tressel, and Moore informed the pair of his intention to become verbal commitment No. 1 for the class of 2010.
"They talked to me about how excited they are to have me commit," Moore told BuckeyeSports.com. "They were glad to have me commit and be on board. It's a great experience and a great honor to be the first commit. It's just a great feeling."
A 6-3, 216-pound defensive end prospect, Moore could play the end/linebacker hybrid spot that made Bobby Carpenter famous and that is now manned by Thaddeus Gibson. At Boardman, Moore also plays on the offensive line.
The coaches have not discussed exactly what sort of role Moore will play with the Buckeyes, he said.
"They haven't said that and I haven't talked to them about it," he said. "That question has never come up. I guess that I fit the standard for what they want on their team to be successful in the future."
One thing Moore was sure of was that a move inside to tackle is likely not in the cards.
After receiving a scholarship Sept. 1 – the first date colleges are officially allowed to offer high school juniors – Moore and his family seemed close to issuing a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes. With a sister who is hoping to play basketball for the Buckeyes as well, the recruitment of Moore became a family affair.
Moore was on hand for the team's season-opening victory against Youngstown State and saw all he needed to see about the program.
"This past weekend I had a talk with my mom and my coaches," he said. "I wanted to be a Buckeye and my sister is pretty sure she's going to be one too. I went down there a couple weekends ago and I saw the facilities. I liked the coaches and how people treat you down there. It was a great experience. It was no decision – I wanted to be an Ohio State Buckeye."
Moore might be the first member of the class of 2010, but he is not the first Spartan to pledge himself to the Buckeyes. Offensive lineman Corey Linsley issued a verbal commitment to join the school's class of 2009, so the two will continue their careers together at the next level.
"He was very happy," Moore said of Linsley. "We were jumping up and down. We were really happy to be part of the future and Buckeyes together. It feels great to be with him."
With his commitment now out of the way, Moore said he is excited to be able to simply focus on his junior and – eventually – his senior seasons. So, too, are his family members, who cheered when he made the final call.
"It feels great, especially to go to one of the top schools in the nation that has been recruiting me," he said. "It feels great to get that off my chest. It is a great experience to know that I've committed and everything is OK now. I can't wait to be a Buckeye."