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.
Josh Moore leaving the field after committing to Ohio State pic.twitter.com/8ezizWgXIz— John Brandon (@JBrandon11W) July 25, 2014
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.