Sources told Bucknuts.com earlier today that Cincinnati Colerain linebacker Tyler Moeller had committed to Ohio State.
However, we were awaiting confirmation from a family source or from Colerain head coach Kerry Coombs.
In the meantime, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on its web site that Moeller had indeed verbaled to the Buckeyes. He joins teammate Connor Smith, an offensive lineman, in OSU's eight-man recruiting class for 2006. That class could number as many as 19 signees by February.
Sources told Bucknuts.com that Moeller committed to OSU recruiting coordinator John Peterson on Wednesday after attending Saturday's showdown between No. 2 Texas and No. 4 Ohio State at Ohio Stadium.
The 6-2, 205-pound Moeller could play linebacker or safety at the next level. He was credited with nine tackles, including a pair of sacks, in Friday's 27-12 win over Tyler (Texas) Lee at Crew Stadium.
“Tyler Moeller has a motor that runs like no kid that I’ve ever seen,” Coombs said after the game. “This kid right here (Smith) has got one too. But Tyler Moeller is a special kid. He goes from the first play to the last play and will give everything he has on every down. It’s almost, you stand back and watch him and you think he can’t keep on going. But he does. Play after play after play. It’s a privilege to coach him because he’s like that every day in practice.”
Moeller will be ranked as Ohio's No. 21 high school senior in the November edition of Ohio High magazine. He is also rated as the nation's No. 19 linebacker by Scout.com.
He committed to the Buckeyes over Iowa and Miami (Ohio).
Here is what Ohio High recruiting editor Duane Long wrote about Moeller in the August edition:
"Colerain head coach Kerry Coombs sent me a tape just a few weeks ago. I was watching the linebackers, looking for Cobrani Mixon, but I could not take my eyes off of No. 28, Tyler Moeller.
"Last year, Andre Revels got all the ink, and this year it is looking like Cobrani Mixon will be having the microphones shoved in his face, but Moeller is a great linebacker prospect. Not a good prospect – a great one.
"I don’t have a 40 time on him, but I don’t care. His football speed is as good as any linebacker in Ohio. I like high school linebackers this size anyway; I just don’t see a need for great, big outside linebackers in a 4-3 defense, but this one is long and lean. He is going to weigh 225-230 even if he never sees the inside of a weight room. He is a great hitter in addition to being a solid tackler."
Click the link below to see highlight video of Moeller from his team's season opening game with Cincinnati St. Xavier:
Tyler Moeller Video (via bio page)