Moore Enjoying His Senior Season

More than a year ago, Ohio State welcomed its first verbal member of the class of 2010 when Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman's J.T. Moore offered his commitment. Now with Moore in the second half of his senior season, caught up with the four-star prospect for his thoughts on both his present and his future on the gridiron.

MASSILLON, OHIO -- When the final whistle blew, J.T. Moore had the muddiest jersey of them all.

As Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman made the in-state trip Oct. 9 to face Massillon Jackson, a steady rain had fallen for much of the evening throughout the northern portion of the state that had turned the natural grass field into a muddy mess.

The formerly white No. 50 jersey for the two-way player for the Spartans was covered in mud from head to toe as Moore and his teammates celebrated a decisive 44-7 victory.

"We came out and wanted to play smash-mouth football," Moore told after the game. "We knew it was going to be a rainy one and a wet one. We wanted to come out with a team effort."

Although he will stick with the defensive side of the ball in college, the first verbal member of the OSU class of 2010 started playing left tackle last year. This year, he has moved to right tackle.

"I went to him his junior year and said, ‘J.T., our offense is a little bit different and we need some linemen,' " Boardman head coach D.J. Ogilvie said. "He didn't even let me get it out. He said, ‘Coach, wherever you need me.' How can you not love a guy like that, a guy who might get the ball some to say, ‘Hey, I'll block, let me help my team.' That says more about his character than anything."

On defense, Moore lined up at end but also dropped back to linebacker when Boardman utilized a 3-2 defense against Jackson's passing attack. He projects as either an outside linebacker or defensive end at the next level.

"I was down at a camp and my mom talked to the coaches," he said. "They said they're not really sure if I'm going to play on the line or outside. I don't know. Wherever they put me at at the next level, I'll enjoy playing."

Asked if he likes Moore on offense or defense more, Ogilvie said, "I like him on my team. It doesn't matter where he's at. Just be on my team and I'm real happy. He can do a lot of things. He's an all-around good football player.

"You can't run to J.T.'s side and expect to have success all night long. He's just that good.

Although the Polar Bears primarily threw the ball, their rushing attempts seldom went in Moore's direction. Rated the No. 36 defensive end in the country and the No. 13 prospect in Ohio, it is a situation Moore is growing accustomed to.

"My coaches told me that teams are going to double team me, they're going to try and find me and most likely run the ball away from me," he said. "I've just got to come out and keep playing. Last year we had (Ohio State freshman offensive lineman) Corey Linsley and the target was on him but this year the target is on me. Guys have said stuff to me. I have to keep going after it."

Moore said he and Linsley two keep in touch and spent time hanging out during the Oct. 3 weekend when Linsley did not travel with the Buckeyes to Indiana.

In addition, Moore said he speaks with the OSU coaches on a regular basis and had talked to head coach Jim Tressel on Oct. 8.

"We talked for 10 minutes about football," he said. "He asked if I was coming to the game and asked me about homecoming and stuff. It was a good conversation."

A team captain as voted by his teammates, Moore has put together a career that has made his coach proud.

"A lot of times when guys commit early it's like, ‘Oh, I've got my thing,' " Ogilvie said. "He has taken that and gone to another level as far as leadership and work ethic. He's the hardest-working kid on our football team. Coach Tressel always says your best player has to be your hardest worker and that exemplifies him perfectly."

Moore came out of the game on offense with 5:39 left in the third quarter, and he took his last defensive snap with 8:57 left in the contest. His jersey was caked in mud despite a halftime wardrobe change.

"This is our practice jersey," he said. "We knew it was going to be rainy and wet. We've got these tight jerseys and you can't really do much. They're really slippery."

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