2012 Prospect Damian Jones-Moore

Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic always seems to have Division I caliber on its team. Its 2012 class has been playing together for awhile, and is reminiscent of its 2007 state championship team that included four Division I signees from that respective senior class.

One key member of that junior class is running back Damian Jones-Moore. Jones-Moore burst on the scene last year with 1,359 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. In his debut as a sophomore, he rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-22 win over Youngstown (OH) Ursuline. Jones-Moore had four games with at least 200 yards rushing.

Jones-Moore won't know for a another two months whether he will get some early Division I interest. Jones-Moore, who stands at 5-7, 165 entering his junior year, carried the ball over 200 times for the Vikings last year. It used to be thought of that a back at 5-7 was considered too small and couldn‘t handle the load. As offenses and systems have evolved, players like Dion Lewis, who is listed at 5-8, 195, rushed for 1,799 yards in a college season.

After seeing the numbers Jones-Moore put up as a sophomore, there has been some early interest for the 2012 back.

"There have been a lot of coaches that have come around the school, but I don't really know what they're saying," Jones-Moore said. "But, I like Pitt and Cincinnati. Right now, there's no school offering anything."

If it comes down to it, Pitt is a school Jones-Moore wouldn't mind hearing more from.

"I like everything about Pitt," Jones-Moore said. "It's my hometown. I love Pittsburgh. I'm all for Pitt. Pitt feels like home. Even going to the 7-on-7 (passing camp), it just feels like home.

"Actually, the thing I'm worried about now, is this team. When the season comes, (recruiting) will come. I'll worry about this team."

Central Catholic advanced to the semifinals of the Pitt 7-on-7 camp. Jones-Moore said going to a camp like Pitt's helps his team fine tune its skills players even more, for a team that already has pretty good chemistry.

"The camp gets you to know what you need to do, that's very important," Jones-Moore said. "We're all the same age, we all experience the same thing. The camp helps out a lot, helps out with chemistry."

In addition to rushing for 1,359 yards as a sophomore, Jones-Moore was a first-team all-conference selection. His conference also included Syracuse signee Dom Timbers (Woodland Hills). Jones-Moore was also runner-up for the Mercury Award, an award presented by the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, to the area's top high school football player, which was awarded to Michael Caputo.

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