Top 100 DL Jason Moore details his Ohio State commitment

A busy June of official visits ended at Ohio State for Top 100 defensive lineman Jason Moorebut it will not be the last time he is in Columbus, Ohio.

Far from it.

The No. 5 defensive lineman in industry-generated 247Sports Composite and prospect from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha will continue his college career as a Buckeye. He announced his commitment to Ohio State on Sunday.

“I would say just being out there, and the atmosphere,” Moore said of what led to his decision. “Just getting the feeling they would develop me and they would be pushing me to be the best version of myself on and off the field.”

Moore also made official visits to Michigan, Maryland, Notre Dame and Penn State.

However, his weekend at Ohio State, which was June 24-26, turned the tide in favor of the Buckeyes are it was widely considered Moore was leaning toward Penn State or Notre Dame.

“Just spending time with the staff, the players, you see how close they are with each other,” the 6-foot-6, 255-pound Moore said. “There were open with me, accepting me to be around. I was like a true brotherhood.”

Moore is not the first big-time defensive lineman to go from DeMatha to Ohio State to play for defensive line coach larry johnson.

Chase Young, who is now with the Washington Commanders, made the same move. And for Moore, learning under Johnson was part of his decision.

“That’s definitely big” he said. “Having the chance to play with one of the best d-line coaches ever, it’s definitely an experience that a lot of players had, and is something I want to have, so it’s definitely a blessing to be able to play there.”

How Moore fits into Ohio State’s front will be decided when he gets to campus.

“We talked about a little bit,” he said. “Whatever is best, inside or outside. Either way is fine with me.”

Moore’s relationship with coach Ryan Day played as a significant role as well.

“He’s a true down-to-earth guy,” Moore said. “He really cares about his players, his staff members. He is real close with everybody. You can see how coach Day loves everybody, and coach everybody loves coach Day, and everybody trusts each other. Everybody has a close bond.”

When Moore left Ohio State’s campus, he said he had a strong feeling about the Buckeyes but he wanted to take some time to digest all the information from five June visits before announcing his choice.

“I will say throughout the whole process it was definitely hard,” Moore said. “After leaving from that visit and really just taking time with my family and just talking, it was definitely a clear decision for me.”

Moore entered high school as a basketball prospect who played football, but he made the decision last summer to focus on football and make that his primary sport.

“I’ve definitely grown a lot, just taking more time, watching and understanding more about football, noticing more than technical things that I’m still trying to pick up on,” he said. “It’s been different focusing on football. I’m definitely enjoying it. Definitely a great decision to finally focus on my life, what I have ahead in my life and really take time to develop myself to get ready for the next level.”

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