Moore Hopes To Stay At DE

Ohio State has four verbal members for its class of 2010, but J.T. Moore was the first to get the ball rolling. Now in the fold, the Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman prospect could play a few different positions in college but remains hopeful he will stay where he is most comfortable.

On Sept. 11, 2008, J.T. Moore got the hard part out of the way and announced that he would be joining Ohio State's 2010 recruiting class.

Now comes a different type of challenge: figuring out where the Buckeyes will use his 6-2, 213-pound frame. Now in the tail end of his junior year at Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman, the athletic Moore projects to a few positions on the gridiron.

Listed by Scout.com as a defensive end, Moore could develop into an outside linebacker or a combination of the two by the time he steps foot on OSU's campus. Given the choice, however, Moore said he would prefer to stay right where he is.

"The position I prefer is defensive end," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I played it for most of my career, so I'd say defensive end. You're on the line and you are the anchor of the line, knowing your job is to contain and keep the ball inside. I love going against bigger guys and making contact, so I think that's the best position for me."

As a junior, he recorded 79 tackles, eight tackles for loss and five sacks from his defensive end position. Boardman head coach D.J. Ogilvie said he sees Moore sticking with his current position in college because of his ability to put more weight onto his frame.

"He'll spend a whole off-season in the weight room and I think he can carry 260 pounds very easily," Ogilvie said. "With his athletic ability I think he could be a tremendous defensive end."

This season, Moore said his goal is to play at around 235 pounds.

Last year, Moore also lined up at left tackle for the Spartans and served as a bookend on the offensive line along with right tackle Corey Linsley, a member of OSU's class of 2009.

It was not Moore's first year on offense, however.

"My freshman year I played fullback and tight end (on the freshman team)," he said. "Then when I came up as a sophomore I was a backup tight end. I moved my junior year because I was a backup and that's how I wound up at tackle."

The move to tackle came out of necessity, Ogilvie said.

"He would play tight end or fullback for us but he ended up playing offensive line for us just because he's so good," he said. "We had some other fullbacks who could play but we're really short on offensive line. He's a competitor and he does whatever's best for the team, so he took one for the team this year and played offensive line."

It is on the defensive line where Moore will likely earn his paycheck, and it was for his play at end that he was honored after last season. At the annual Big 22 awards given to the top players in his region, Moore and four other players received a special honor. In addition to the naming of the top 22 players, five others receive blocks of granite to symbolize their presence on the defensive side of the ball.

Of the five blocks of granite given out for the 2008 season, Moore was the lone junior to walk away with one.

"The biggest thing I can tell you about J.T. is he's a competitor," Ogilvie said. "He works as hard as anyone. He's our best player, but he also works the hardest out of anybody on our team and he loves to compete."

With basketball season now in the books, Moore said he is focused on having a solid spring and summer leading into his senior season.

Asked about his goals for the near future, Moore said, "To train myself to get better, be more of a leader to the guys, be more focused, know everything in my scouting reports and improve my physical appearance for the next year. Right now I have a lot to do coming off of basketball, putting weight back on and getting my strength back."


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