J.T. Moore became the literal leader of the 2010 recruiting class for the Ohio State football team when he made the first verbal commitment into the group all the way back in September.
The three-star prospect, Scout’s No. 39 defensive end in the class, continued being a leader by showing up to perform for the Buckeye coaches as part of OSU’s advanced camp on Friday afternoon.
The Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman senior-to-be didn’t have to be on campus, having already secured a scholarship, but he wasn’t going to miss the chance to show what he could do.
“Today went pretty good actually,” he said. “I know I didn’t have to be here, but it was nice. I showed I was dedicated and committed. I still wanted to compete against the other competition, some of the guys that are out there still being recruited. I never take anything for granted. I just wanted to go out there with a blast.”
Moore, who is listed by Scout as 6-2, 213 pounds but who appeared to have more weight on his frame than in the past, didn’t leave empty-handed. He picked up an award as one of the top campers of the day and was given a copy of head coach Jim Tressel’s book, “The Winner’s Manual.”
“I think I did OK,” he said. “I just tried to hang in there. I’m a little beat up from basketball and football this whole month, but I tried to do my best out there and prove to the coaches that I’m dedicated and still here.”
That work apparently caught the eyes of Tressel and defensive coordinator and line coach Jim Heacock.
“Coach Heacock, he talked to me, and Coach Tressel said I worked pretty good out there,” Moore said. “Coach Heacock said my swim move was pretty nice, so that gives me a boost of confidence.”
When asked if he showed what he wanted to, Moore replied, “Yes, sir. I tried to. It was pretty good. I have to work on some more speed, that’s about it.”
Moore also listed getting stronger as one of his primary goals before he arrives at Ohio State in about a year’s time.
His high school teammate at Boardman, offensive lineman Corey Linsley, just began his time at Ohio State when summer classes began Monday. Moore said the two have been in touch since Linsley’s arrival to the Columbus campus.
“He called me actually and told me how he’s in class right now and told me how it’s very intense and I should be pretty much ready for it when I get up there this upcoming year,” Moore said.
Moore wasn’t the only member of his family on the OSU campus Friday. His mother was with him at the end of the football camp and his sister Darryce, an Ohio State women’s basketball commitment, was working out at a camp in her chosen sport run by the Buckeye coaching staff.
“She’s actually at basketball camp right now,” J.T. said. “It’s awesome.”