Ohio State fifth-year senior tight end J.T. Moore will be leaving the program and not be playing for the Buckeyes in his final year, per Eleven Warriors and other media reports. An Ohio State spokesperson reportedly confirmed the departure, which is said to be injury related, but then later through multiple channels stated, "there may be some question on whether he can play this year because of injury, but he hasn’t left the team".
Moore came to Ohio State as a part of the 2010 recruiting class and was rated as a three-star defensive end prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Moore was an early commitment for the Buckeyes and was first-team All-Ohio as a senior in high school after recording 110 tackles and seven sacks.
At Ohio State, Moore redshirted his first season, but in 2011 started four games (Toledo, Miami, Illinois, and Indiana) and contributed 10 tackles as a defensive lineman. Prior to the 2013 season, Moore made a position change to tight end because of the lack of depth under Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett and the top notch depth of the defensive line. Moore played in all 13 games during the 2013 season, and played a big part on special teams and played 216 plays the entire season.
Assuming Moore leaves as reported, the Buckeyes will be one under the NCAA mandated ceiling of 82 scholarships this coming fall. The Buckeyes will be back to their full allotment for the 2015 recruiting class.
Note: This article was updated to reflect the Columbus Dispatch and Rivals' reports that an Ohio State spokesperson disputed the idea that Moore had as of yet departed from the team.