OBETZ, Ohio — Ohio State lands the best linemen in the Midwest on a yearly basis. As the perennial power in the Big Ten, they dominate recruiting in the trenches inside their conference footprint. With that in mind, the Buckeyes are after another Midwest lineman in four-star offensive guard Demon “DJ” Moore out of R Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Back in February, Buckeye Scoop caught up with Moore at the Best of the Midwest Combine. At the time Moore was fresh off releasing a top eight which included Ohio State. That story can be found here but this past weekend the Buckeye Scoop staff once again caught up with Moore at the Under Armour Camp series in Columbus, Ohio.
Before getting into the details about Moore’s recruitment he first talked about the camp. Moore plays for one of the top teams in the Fort Wayne area but the competition he faced on Sunday was on a whole different level. Which is why he said he wanted to make the drive to Columbus.
“It is really just fun to work against guys that train to actually do this and want to take football on as a profession and stuff,” he told Buckeye Scoop. “I just really like going against good competition in football.”
That was followed by asking him if facing top competition was something he looked forward to and his answer was definitive.
“Most definitely,” he said. “That is the best part.”
After discussing the camp and his performance, we of course had to move on to Moore’s recruitment. As we mentioned above Moore is down to eight schools and Ohio State is one of those final eight. As he told us, he talks to the Buckeyes often and they seem to be much closer to one than eight in his top group.
“Well, recently my phone just broke so we’ve been talking on like a weekly basis now through Twitter and stuff,” he said. “They are still one of my top schools for sure.”
Ever since getting the offer from Ohio State, the 6-foot-5 and 315-pound guard prospect has held the Buckeyes in high regard. His explanation as to why that is was rather simple.
‘They are just always number one in the Big Ten,” he said. “Always a national contender and just a great program.”
With all the rumors swirling about the dead period ending after May 31st, all college prospects including Moore are trying to get to college campuses quickly. When we asked Moore about wanting to get to Columbus he gave a quick and positive answer.
“Most definitely, I am trying to get on an official visit here soon in June,” he said.
Moore is one of the highest-ranked offensive line prospects in the Midwest and he had a very solid performance on Sunday. Next up for him is moving forward with his recruitment, and getting to Columbus is one of those steps — along with fixing his phone.