The Hurry-Up: Jason Moore Sets Commitment Date for Sunday, 2025 RB Bo Jackson Was Thrilled to Pick Up an Offer from Ohio State, Landen Thomas Commits to Georgia

By Garrick Hodge on July 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Jason Moore

One of Ohio State’s highest-priority defensive line targets is ready to make a decision.

After completing his official visits, four-star Maryland 2023 prospect Jason Moore has set a commitment date for 7 p.m. Sunday.

Last month, Moore took visits to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State. Until recently, Moore had been considered to be leaning toward Notre Dame by many in the recruiting industry, but a flurry of Crystal Ball projections have come in the last week in favor of Ohio State. 

Should Moore commit to the Buckeyes as many expect, it would give OSU its second defensive lineman commit of the 2023 class, joining three-star Ohio prospect Will Smith Jr. 

At 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, Moore could either play defensive tackle or defensive end at the next level and likely won’t be limited to one position starting out. He’s considered the 53rd-best prospect in 2023 and the fifth-best defensive lineman according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. 

July could be a big month for Larry Johnson on the recruiting trail, with priority target four-star defensive tackle John Walker set to make a commitment on July 28. Walker, who has narrowed his decision down to UCF, Florida, Michigan, Miami and Ohio State, took an official visit to Ohio State on June 24-26 and has long had a good relationship with the Buckeyes. 

Defensive end Desmond Umeozulu is also expected to make a decision before the end of the summer and Ohio State is trending in the right direction with him as well after his official visit on June 24-26. 

Should Johnson and OSU land all three, it would leave one spot available on the defensive line for the current class, which would be reserved in hopes of landing five-star defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei. OSU is a strong contender to land Uiagalelei along with USC, Oregon and perhaps a few others. The California defensive end still has two official visits remaining to use and likely won’t make a commitment until later this fall, though. 

Jackson thrilled to receive OSU offer

Over Ohio State’s summer recruiting camp circuit, there was no shortage of talented running backs. 

From 2024 four-star talents Stacy Gage and Jordan Marshall, to potential future five-star 2025 running back Donovan Johnson, plenty of highly-touted recruits showcased their skills in Columbus. 

Perhaps one of the most underrated running backs in the entire camp circuit is 2025 Ohio running back Bo Jackson. Besides sharing a name with a Hall of Fame running back, Jackson showcased his talents as a receiving running back along with top-tier agility when he camped with the Buckeyes on June 14. 

It was enough to earn an offer from Ohio State, his second Division I offer of his recruitment. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Cleveland prospect now has three offers in total, the other two being Kentucky and Pittsburgh. 

“It felt good, it’s been a dream school since I was a little kid,” Jackson told Eleven Warriors last month of the Ohio State offer. “After the camp, I went into a room with coach Day and he offered me. He told me he liked what he saw at camp and gave me the offer.” 

Jackson returned to Columbus two days after camping with the Buckeyes to participate in a seven-on-seven tournament for Cleveland St. Joes, which split its team into two separate squads to get more players reps. He played both ways, lining up at running back and playing defensive back, being tasked with guarding fellow Ohio State target 2024 wide receiver Tyseer Denmark. 

In a single-elimination tournament, Jackson finished the game with two interceptions on defense and made a long gain for St. Joes on offense by catching a wheel route for a long gain. 

“My best asset on the field is speed and strength, I work on that a lot,” Jackson said. “I’m starting to get a lot better at catching the ball (out of the backfield).” 

Following the contest, Day came over to Jackson to congratulate him on his effort and told him he’d like to get the running back on campus again before school started. It’s likely more visits to OSU are in Jackson’s future down the road. 

Thomas commits to Georgia

It’s been a pretty impressive few days for Georgia in regards to 2024 recruiting. Earlier this week, the Bulldogs landed 2024 four-star wideout Ny Carr. Thursday, five-star Georgia tight end Landen Thomas, who had an Ohio State offer, committed to the Bulldogs. 

Other uncommitted 2024 tight ends with an Ohio State offer include Brady Prieskorn, Michael Smith, Walter Matthews and Christian Bentancur.

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