J.T. Moore Excited To Be A Buckeye

Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman defensive end J.T. Moore became the first commitment in the 2010 Ohio State recruiting class when he pledged to Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes last September. Moore, also has a sister, Darryce, who is going to be a basketball player for the Buckeyes. Bill Greene caught up with this young star to get the latest.

When a player commits to a college before he has finished his junior season, he often gets lost in the shuffle from a media perspective because schools are still filling the class ahead of him. Such is the case with Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman defensive end J.T. Moore.

Moore committed to Ohio State shortly after receiving his offer on September 1, the first day colleges can extend official offers. He spoke about his decision, and other subjects, following his high school basketball game Saturday evening.

"Things are great for me right now," Moore began. "Basketball is going much better now that we've won six of our last seven games. It was great to get our season turned around heading into the tournament. Right now, it's just win, or go home for good. I love playing basketball because I love the sport, and it keeps me in shape for football. I like being out there with my teammates and competing. It helps with my footwork and my stamina."

Moore's sister, Darryce, is also headed to Ohio State. She will play basketball for the Buckeyes and has had a tremendous high school career at Boardman.

"My sister is an excellent player," J.T. Moore stated. "She's a lot better than I am, no doubt about it. I can hang with her when we play H-O-R-S-E, but she's pretty good at all parts of the game. My older brother and I have played against her for a long time, and I think that's why she's so good. It will be cool for both of us to be athletes at Ohio State. My mom is pretty happy about that."

Moore has been in regular contact with the Ohio State staff since his commitment.

"I talk to Coach [Jim] Heacock fairly often," he explained. "He's going to be my defensive coordinator and also my position coach, so it's cool to be able to speak to him directly. We probably talk every couple of weeks, or so. He's a great guy and I'm looking forward to working with him at Ohio State."

Moore has had talks with Heacock regarding his eventual position at Ohio State. He excels on both sides of the football for the Spartans.

"Coach Heacock said I will probably play defensive end or possibly outside linebacker," he said. "Right now, I'm 6-foot-3, and I weigh around 210 pounds. I'd like to be close to 250 pounds by the time I report to Ohio State. Basketball makes me lose weight, but I wont be playing AAU ball this summer. Once this season ends I will be working for my senior year in football. I want to get bigger and stronger over the summer. I want to do some good things for our team next year, and hopefully win a championship. This summer I will also work on footwork and agility to become a better player. I want to be more of a leader as a senior and try to do everything I can to win every game."

He also spoke of his decision to commit to Ohio State so early in the process, and not wait for other offers.

"Ohio State is Ohio State, enough said," Moore stressed. "It was an honor to be the first commit of the 2010 class, and it was an honor to have been offered a scholarship by Ohio State. There was no reason to wait to hear from any other school. Other schools are still contacting me, but they're wasting their time. They have no chance, because I'm a Buckeye for life."

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