Story of Perseverance Takes Josh Moore to Columbus

By Kyle Rowland on July 26, 2014 at 6:21p
Josh Moore at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights.

Josh Moore remembers the day he thought he’d never play football again.

That was before his 10th birthday. Moore has been cancer-free for six years now and is on course to become an Ohio State Buckeye in February. He committed to head coach Urban Meyer at Friday Night Lights in what was an unexpected announcement.

If you ask Moore, though, it was weeks in the making. 

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” he told Eleven Warriors. “I actually almost committed a few weeks ago. I told my mom on the ride [to Columbus] if I liked the visit I was going to commit.”

When Moore was 8 years old, a cancerous tumor was discovered in his neck. The only evidence from that scary chapter is a scar on his neck, acting a daily reminder to never quit.  

“I feel really blessed. I didn’t know if I’d ever get recruited like this when I was younger,” Moore said. “I remember right after surgery thinking I wouldn’t be able to play sports. I couldn’t put on a helmet right. I never thought I’d play football again.”

Moore, a three-star tight end, pledged his allegiance for Ohio State in the opening hour of FNL. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, he fits the mold of an athletic tight end Meyer covets. Being an integral part of the offense was music to Moore’s ears.

The assist on the commitment goes to Tim Hinton, who developed a bond with Moore during the recruiting process that played a significant role.  

“We had an instant connection when he came to [Kansas] and saw me work out,” Moore said.

The Olathe native was wowed by the Buckeyes’ new locker room and the energy in Ohio Stadium for a recruiting event. It was all icing on the cake for Moore, who cited relationships established with coaches and Ohio State’s academic reputation as reasons for choosing Ohio State over Florida State, Auburn, Oklahoma and others.  

“I thought it was great,” Moore said. “The camp was really good. Being under the lights was amazing.”

He can now call the Horseshoe home.


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labuck's picture

Welcome big man!

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dubjayfootball90's picture

This man is an inspiration. Welcome, good Sir.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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bafiesta's picture

Did Moore participate in the camp or just watch?  If he participated how did he look.

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Go Buckeyes14's picture

He just watched. I saw him walking around checking out some of the TE drills... he's not a little fella thats for sure.

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buckeyerose's picture

He's a winner!  Happy he picked us!  

First ever undisputed National Champions! OH! 

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MN Buckeye's picture

OSU only accepts commits who are winners, and this young man is one.

pcuzz1's picture

How about those stiff arms in the first clip! Wow!

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Prickly_Pete's picture

Good get. I would like to see the Buckeyes use the tight end more.

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grant87's picture

You mean use the TE Moore? :)

Maybe tomorrow, when today will be yesterday things will be clearer.


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Knarcisi's picture

What is the song on his Hudl film?

Knarcisi's picture

Man, what a highlight film. This kid does it all. 

TobyMagic's picture

Seems to play the ball great in the air. Looks like if he cleans up his route running and gets a year or two with Mickey the sky's the limit.. Great to have him, can't wait to see him in S & G!!

AAStagg's picture

Think this young man is tough?  He stared down cancer at the age of eight!  I will always be a Josh Moore fan, regardless of how his future unfolds on the field.  Welcome to your new home, Mr. Moore.

Keep calm.  It's only a game.

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Kansas City Buckeye's picture

He comes from a great high school, Olathe North is a powerhouse here in Kansas City. It is the same school that produced Darren Sproles. 

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BuckeyeSouth's picture

Wow, he's good!  Great hands, powerful blocker & dominant on defense.  I hope he has a great career as a Buckeye.

Champions.  Undisputed.  

whiskeyjuice's picture

Labeling him a 3 star is wrong. He plays better than that.

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

NuttyBuckeye's picture

I bet his star rating rises after this football year is over....  He catches the ball very well for a big man, and seems to have soft hands.  He could be a great TE at Ohio State.

God bless this young man with the adversity he had to face at such an early age.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I don't get caught up in the star ratings too much. If our coaching staff likes him enough to offer, he is good enough for me! Great story, great kid, great pick up for the Buckeyes!


Murse_Corps's picture

Seems like a quality individual with amazing drive

Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.