Ohio State landed a somewhat surprising commitment from Olathe (KS) North tight end Josh Moore last night at their annual Friday Night Lights event. Moore is rated as a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 22 tight end, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
After missing out on a couple of their top tight end targets, namely Chris Clark and Hale Hentges, early in the recruiting cycle, it was good they were able to land a solid guy in Moore, who has the chance to develop into a really good pass catcher down the road at Ohio State.
I think he has the chance to be a solid player, but don't think he's someone who will step on the field and dominate from day one, especially when he'll be behind Nick Vannett, Sam Hubbard, and likely Marcus Baugh on Ohio State's depth chart. I still think it's important they took a tight end in this class, who could end up being a very solid player in the scarlet and gray. I think he could be a very good red zone target for a future Ohio State starting quarterback.
There's also a chance Moore could be a defensive end in college if things don't work out at the tight end position. He definitely has the size to do so and plays defensive line for his high school.
Land-Grant Holy Land football analyst Christopher Jason had the following to say about one of the newest Buckeye commitments:
Moore already has a high-level college football body type, standing at 6'5, 250 pounds. Moore is a complete tight end who is a weapon in the passing game and also a legitimate blocker in the run game.
In the passing game, Moore needs to work on his first step quickness and his route running, which will come once he gets the proper coaching at Ohio State. He uses his size to his advantage, boxing out defenders and high pointing jump balls. He gives his quarterback a big target to throw to and he will excel in the red zone in college. He has decent speed for his size, but he does not possess elite straight line speed or nifty moves after the catch. He does fight for extra yards after contact, and it sometimes takes multiple defenders to bring him down.
As a blocker, Moore shows a lot of heart and dedication to his craft. He may not have the best technique, but the effort is there every play.
Overall, the Buckeyes got themselves a big bodied, red zone threat who is passionate about the game of football.
After landing Moore, I think the Buckeyes are done at the tight end position for their 2015 recruiting class. They're in very good shape for both Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell in the 2016 recruiting cycle. Right now I'm pretty confident both will end up as Buckeyes when it's all said and done.
After a couple of rough years recruiting tight ends, it looks like the future is bright for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff when it comes to the position.