J.T. Moore, DE – Despite serving as the first verbal member of the class of 2010 after issuing his commitment as a junior, Moore was the subject of little talk from the Buckeye coaching staff.
After showing some highlights of the 6-3, 235-pound lineman from Boardman, Ohio, offensive line coach Jim Bollman had the following to say: "He's an outstanding athlete. He's a basketball player. Talking to our defensive coaches he could be a Thaddeus (Gibson)-type of player who can rush or drop. Good student."
Other than that, the majority of questions posed to Bollman revolved around the fact that OSU landed just one offensive lineman for its class.
As a senior, Moore recorded 110 tackles including nine tackles for loss and seven sacks while earning first-team all-Ohio honors. A three-year starter, Moore will play in both the Ohio North-South All-Star Classic and the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 Classic.
A four-star prospect, Scout ranked Moore the No. 36 defensive end in the nation.
Bradley Roby, DB – At the other end of the spectrum is Roby, a 6-0, 180-pound athlete who was a late addition to the class of 2010.
He will report to OSU as an athlete/cornerback, according to safeties coach Paul Haynes.
"Any time you can get a big corner who is athletic like that, there's a lot of people that want him," the assistant coach said. "We're very excited about Bradley. (He) never came off the field. He still played receiver for them, plus played corner, was a punt returner, was a kick returner for them. Good hips, good feet."
Roby initially made his mark on the field as a wide receiver and camped at OSU during the summer while playing the position but underwent a shift in priorities as a senior.
"We put him at corner because we felt he had the intangibles to be a very good corner," Haynes said. "Coach (Bill) Ballard, his high school coach, went back and put him at corner all year and the kid fell in love with the position. His recruitment started to open back up with a lot of schools because he was a corner."
Haynes said the coaches are not worried about the standout from Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge being raw at the position because he has the speed and hitting ability required.
"We liked the kind of things he was doing at corner," the coach said. "Then the kid started liking the position and his heart started getting into it so he started to like playing it more. He has all the tools to do it. He just had to get his heart into it."
As a senior, Roby recorded 42 tackles and six interceptions on defense and caught 29 passes for 526 yards while earning all-state honors. He scored 11 touchdowns: five on receptions, two on punt returns and one each on a kickoff return, a rush, an interception and a fumble recovery.
"He's a physical runner," Haynes said. "That's what you look at. If you're going to try a guy on defense, you try to see what type of runner he is. He was always a physical runner, plus he did play defense. You see him on defense coming up and smacking guys."
Jamel Turner, DE – Although he is listed as a lineman, Turner's future position at OSU remains undecided. The 6-3, 215-pound athlete could wind up playing on the line or further away at a linebacker spot.
The primary options are the Leo spot on the defensive line or at outside linebacker.
"He's a guy with great upside," quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said. "He's very athletic. He's very explosive. We're not quite sure where he's going to end up just yet."
After playing his first three seasons for Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline, Turner transferred to Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy for his senior season in an effort to keep himself on path to become a Buckeye. While there, he recorded 66 tackles and two interceptions while being named to the Virginia all-prep league team.
Siciliano said the coaches were never worried that Turner would not eventually wind up in Columbus.
"I think Jamel had to get some things done academically that he needed to finish up and he also did some growing from a personal standpoint," the coach said. "He's got his life back on a good track and he's really making strides out of Fork Union to be the guy we expect him to be when he gets here. We expect him to have grown from his Fork Union experience."
Head coach Jim Tressel said he had noticed growth in Turner as evidenced by the fact that he now apparently prefers to read books rather than watch movies.
"I asked him why and he said, ‘Because when you read a book, you can create the characters in your mind. On the movie, they create the character for you,' " Tressel said. "His learning curve and appreciation from a broader sense, it was a tremendous thing for him. It's been exciting to see how he's grown."
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