Three-star Tight End Josh Moore Commits to Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 25, 2014 at 7:36p
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
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With all the hoopla surrounding C.J. Conrad's visit to Columbus for Friday Night Lights, it was Olathe, Kansas tight end Josh Moore that became the news at Ohio Stadium tonight after he surprised many by committing to the Buckeyes.

The Moore File

  • Class 2015
  • Position TE
  • Size 6-5/250
  • School  Olathe North (Olathe, KS)
  • Composite ★★★
  • Rank 22 (TE)

The announcement caught Ohio State recruitniks off guard. Heading into Friday Night Lights, Moore's 247Sports Crystal Ball, polling recruiting analysts from across the country, had Moore as a heavy Missouri lean (75%) with Oklahoma (17%) and Texas Tech (8%) also in play. None of the 12 predictions had the prospect going to Ohio State.

First reported by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Moore becomes Ohio State's 13th commitment for the 2015 class and will be the first in what could be a two tight end recruiting class.

Moore chose the Buckeyes over offers from Florida State, Auburn, Missouri and others and did so in person during the biggest recruiting event on the Ohio State calendar. It was Moore's first visit to Columbus, coming three months after receiving an offer from the Buckeyes.

The country's 22nd-ranked tight end, Moore has the size – 6-foot-5, 250 pounds – and speed to be a matchup issue defenses. As a junior at Olathe North, Moore played both sides of the ball, starting at strong-side defensive end, as well as tight end.

A cancer survivor who's gone through more than most people twice his age, Moore will hope to immediately contribute to a position group that will be thin come next fall.

What Moore's commitment means for CJ Conrad, who decided late last night to work out tonight in Columbus, is still up in the air. Sources close to the program have maintained that Ohio State will look to take two tight ends in this class.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Outstanding News!! What a way to start the weekend!!

Go Bucks!!

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whiskeyjuice's picture

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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tussey's picture

Sweet!!! Welcome Josh

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Buck Commander's picture

Booooooom Baby

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

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TobyMagic's picture

Can't wait to hear more about this kid and his story.. Welcome to Buckeye Nation Josh!!

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ITWASME's picture

YES! YES! YES! TIGHT END COMMIT!

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Mortc15's picture

"We didn't get the whole chocolate bar (yet),  but we got a Hershey's Kiss." And all those Hershey's add up! Welcome to Buckeye Nation! 

Buck-I4Life

tdible2132's picture

Cool. Good for Josh. Now let's see if he can make an impact here 

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Braxton2Devin's picture

Isn't Olathe where In Cold Blood by Truman Capote took place?

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Giggity giggity giggity goo!

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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cinserious's picture

Ewww!

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Booom!! Guess I should have been hitting F5!!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

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whiskeyjuice's picture

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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Larryp713's picture

I live in Olathe and never heard anything about this!!! Olathe North is a powerhouse around these parts, and I am very excited to see a Kansas player selecting the scarlett and grey! Go Bucks! 

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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BroJim's picture

If he can beat cancer he can certainly beat MIchigan! Welcome!!

I season my simple food with hunger

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ronbizi's picture

If he can beat cancer he can certainly beat MIchigan any damn team in the country! Welcome!!

 If this kid beat cancer, lets set the bar higher.

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Squirrel Master's picture

The joke is that a kid with cancer called it Michigan.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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ronbizi's picture

I remember that!  Inspiring story!

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DudeNick4's picture

Building depth.  If it sticks it'll take some pressure off the TE spot for 2016

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Larryp713's picture

My kids go to Olathe Northwest... how will I explain it to them that I am rooting for the Olathe North this year???

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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bedheadjc's picture

My kids go to Olathe Northwest... how will I explain it to them that I am rooting for the Olathe North this year???

Face 45 degrees to your right when addressing them?

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Larryp713's picture

I'll try, but frankly, with their Mom's math skills, they will probably not get it. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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ToetotheFace's picture
45 degrees to his right would technically be 45 degrees off the 360 line, and would therefore be northeast(not NW) no? Or is that the joke and I just don't get it? That is if we're presuming that facing straight is representative of 90 degrees. Or are you trying to say in relation to the kid's POV? Or am I taking a stupid joke far too seriously? Definitely.
BuckeyeSouth's picture

Awesome!

Embrace it.

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DannyBeane's picture
Great bit of news to start off with before I have to go to work.
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AeroBuckeye2001's picture

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

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Sin City Buckeye's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

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FairfaxBuckeye's picture
Urban not messing around tonight!
 
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buckeyedude's picture

Damn. And doesn't FNL start at 8pm, and we already have a commitment? FNL is magic. Wish I lived in C-bus sometimes.

 

 

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I bet it was the newly renovated locker rooms that sealed the deal.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

buckeyedude's picture

No doubt, The Waterfall.

 

 

Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Not to get anyone's hopes up. But heard good things on the Whitehead front..

Gooz-fra-bah...

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Bucksfan70's picture

whitehead is the guy i'm most interested in. he looks like he'll be an awesome player!

thanks for the tidbit!

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Sweet. Welcome aboard big guy. Not to belittle his commitment with a Conrad post, but if CJ gets an offer the pressure is on to commit soon now that a solid TE is in the class. I had a feeling Moore would be a Buckeye a few months ago. On the flip, if CJ doesn't earn an offer its kinda adds insult to injury. 

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Posterchild's picture

He looks more natural at defensive end, but he also did a great job blocking from the tight end position. Cancer survivor before the age of 9? This guy could be the story of the offseason.

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Craft to the Rafters's picture

hopefully we can find a new pic to run with the headline..

Edit: much better

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ExpressiveBuckeye's picture

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

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sharks's picture

Great gif

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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kc_buck's picture

Congratulations Josh... from a fellow Kansas City Metro Buckeye.

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wyatt's picture

Great news to start the weekend. Big need for TE and receivers. Top DBs to improve the pass defense would be good too. 

Bucks1's picture

Congrats and welcome Josh!  "tonight's gonna be a good night"

"I will pound you and pound you until you quit." - Woody Hayes

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Offers from FSU,Auburn,and Mizzu mean this kid is probably underrated. Those offenses usually recruit receiving TE's.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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buckeyedude's picture

Why the frick isn't FNL televised on BTN? What else are they going to do on a Friday night in July?

 

 

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Defend Youngstown's picture

Love me some Olivia Munn...and tight ends.

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cinserious's picture

Olivia Munn is one of my dream wives.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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Boom777's picture

And I bet she has a great tight end!

Wherever you are, there you be!

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KINGxBUCK's picture

Not sure how to embed youtube videos, but somebody posted a video of him.

“indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.”

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DannyBeane's picture

On the youtube page click share, then click embed, then copy the embed code. Then you click on the youtube icon in your post and past the code in the embed box. Then you also have to past the videos URL in the URL box.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Hair game on point.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

MAVBuck's picture

First of many!!! Let's go get another

KINGxBUCK's picture

Thanks Danny, appreciate it bud!

Welcome aboard Josh...and Go Bucks!

“indomitable in victory, insufferable in defeat.”

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kmp10's picture

I'm curious, at which recruiting site is Moore rated a "four-star?" I checked all the sites for information as I don't know a great deal about this kid; 247, Rivals, Scout and ESPN all rate Moore a 3 star prospect. And just to clarify, it's only a question for the 11W staff, not a denouncement of Moore/his star rating/Urban's ability to judge talent or any other "negative" thing people might want to accuse me of saying. 

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

It's prob cause it's Kansas!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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Hovenaut's picture

Welcome aboard Josh Moore!

Hate Week runneth over

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buckeyeradar's picture

Welcome Josh.  You're not in Kansas anymore but we hope it feels like home.

Buckeye in Texas

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Awesome! Looking forward to hearing more about him!

How Firm Thy Friendship

MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the family, Josh!

KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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iamcbs's picture

Welcome to BuckeyeNation Josh!! #Elite15

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion~Alexander the Great

BSTP DeCon's picture

And we thought Bosa was a beast (no discredit to him), but this man BEAT CANCER! So happy for Moore and welcome to the family!!

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DC-town's picture

The way he fires of the ball I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the o line, 6-5, 250... Could definitely grow into a solid tackle-

congrats josh, happy to have you aboard!

'Piss excellence' -RB

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Bucksfan70's picture

i was thinking the same thing. in his highlights he looks like a damn good DE as well.

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.” - Jerry Rice

Crimson's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family!  Hope you tear it up tonight.

Everybody's excited!
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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Josh is 6-5, 250 now, wait til Mickey gets hold of him. Wow.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

osu407's picture

So we lose a tight end named JT Moore and get a commitment from a tight end Josh Moore?

Crazy

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WhySoSerious's picture

motha f ing bang bang. 

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Findog5's picture

Just left FNL.  Way exceeded my expectations.  New yearly tradition established tonight! Dontre Wilson has put on some muscle!  Kid looks like a stud. He was very accommodating taking pictures with his fans. Seemed like a great kid!

NCFinn

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buckeye4life050233's picture

Jalin Marshall looks solid too man....he could be a terror to defend if he is used this year.  Also sat right next to Demetrius Knox....dude is a brick house for a freshman. 

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Dougger's picture

You know who else is massive? Jalyn Holmes, Raekwon, and Josh Perry. Dear lord what are they feeding these guys. What a great event! 

I like football

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Crimson's picture

Mickey Mariotti treats.

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Findog5's picture

Said a brief hello to Josh Moore while walking out this evening. He was a very nice, polite young man. Glad he is a Buckeye!  When Coach Mick gets ahold of him, he is going to be a beast!

NCFinn

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

B⭕️⭕️⭕️M!!! Welcome aboard Josh! The cancer survivor tidbit was very interesting. I hope he provides some inspiration in the locker room.

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UrbanBuckeye's picture

Beat cancer and earned (and accepted!) an offer to play football at The Ohio State University. That's a life warrior. So happy for this kid!

In Urban We Trust!

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Way to go Josh! So excited to see what time and change will surely show for you young man. 

FROMTHE18's picture

First North Dakota, and now Kansas? Manifest Destiny…Colorado and Utah, you are next. 

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Crimson's picture

We already did Colorado.  Unfortunately, Joey O'Connor got injured and homesick.

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BuckeyeDevil's picture

This guy looks pretty versatile-blocks like a tackle that is angry and gets downfield and can catch. He looks like his motor runs all the time. TE's over the years have basically been a glorified offensive tackle that occasionally catches a pass at OSU with some exceptions like Ben Hartsock and Ricky Dudley. That trend seemed to take a step in a different direction last year, and in my opinion the right direction, with Heuerman and Vannett, but it appears that the TE position will need to get more involved this year with only a couple of WR's with any appreciative playing time. I hope that they can set the trend of more TE involvement in the offense for Josh Moore and others. Because truthfully, if I am a highly rated TE coming out of high school, I probably would not have OSU on my short list.

Rogabone's picture

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

"That's God," St. Peter replied. "But he thinks he's Woody Hayes."

Knarcisi's picture

What is the song played during the highlight film?