By now most Ohio State football fans are well aware of future Buckeyes such as Julian Fleming, Paris Johnson, Darrion Henry, and the rest of the class of 2020. What they might not know are the other targets OSU is trying to bring into the fold.
Every season the Ohio State Buckeyes’ coaching staff hit the trail high and low trying to find the perfect group of recruits to bring to Columbus and suit up in the Scarlet and Gray. Unlike the aforementioned recruits, some others won’t be on scholarship.
On Sunday afternoon while most of us were watching NFL football or spending time with loved ones, Cleveland Heights senior cornerback Andrew Moore was verbally committing to continue his education and playing days at Ohio State as a preferred walk-on.
A lot played into Moore’ deciding to pledge to play at Ohio State over a scholarship offer from the Storm of Lake Erie College after taking multiple trips to Columbus.
“I always felt at home at Ohio State because I grew up in Ohio and always visit as a kid. And my sister is there now it’s nice to know I’ll have family close. It’s just a very surreal moment for me and my family,” Moore stated to Land-Grant Holy Land soon after taking to his Twitter account with his college plans.
“Ohio State was an easy choice because it was going to give me the best chance of success for football and for life,” Moore added. “With having the best DB staff and having the Real Life Wednesday program it was a easy choice. I knew it was the right place when I went on my unofficial visit. There they told me their plan for me. It was nothing but trust. I trust them [and] the university to prepare me as a man. I can’t wait to join the brotherhood.”
Breaking the news to the OSU staff, Moore and his family weren’t the only ones excited over him taking his talents to Columbus.
“I told all the defensive backs staff so Coach Hafley, Coach Barnes and Coach Christ,” Moore, who plans to major in Industrial design while on campus, said.
“I wanted to announce it today (Sunday) because it’s my father’s birthday, and he’s been there through it all. Coach Hafley said he’s excited for me, and he sees something special. He will coach me like any other player, which was very important to me.”
A key reason why Cleveland Heights is currently sitting 7-1 on the season, Moore plans to bring the same type of skill set on and off of the football field to Ohio State.
“Ohio State is getting someone who’s going to work very hard and compete,” he said. “I’m a very supportive teammate and want the best for them, so by competing with them at a high level it’s not only going to help the team, but help each one of us.”
Want to see what caught the Buckeyes attention? Check out these highlights of the 6’0 187-pound now future Buckeye in game action: