Jason Moore commits to Ohio State.

Four-star 2023 Defensive Lineman Jason Moore Commits to Ohio State

Last month, it seemed almost improbable to think that four-star Maryland defensive lineman Jason Moore would end up at Ohio State. 

Various analysts in the recruiting industry had Moore pegged as a Notre Dame lean, with the Fighting Irish capturing the majority of the momentum for a good portion of his recruitment. Well, it’s been proven time and time again, but Sunday was just another reminder that you can never count out Larry Johnson. 

The Moore File

  • Class: 2023
  • Size: 6-6/255
  • Pos: Defensive lineman
  • School: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)
  • Star Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: #53 (#5 DL)

Moore committed to the Buckeyes Sunday evening, giving Ohio State its 18th commit total and its second defensive lineman commitment in the 2023 cycle alongside Will Smith Jr., a three-star Ohio defensive tackle. More — no pun intended — defensive line commitments could be on the way for Ohio State later this month as well, as the Buckeyes have been on a torrid pace this summer landing various commitments. 

With Moore’s commitment, the Buckeyes have also re-taken the lead from Notre Dame for the No. 1 overall spot in 247Sports’ national recruiting rankings for 2023. 

Momentum began to shift toward the Buckeyes shortly after Moore took his official visit to Columbus June 24-26, where Johnson sold Moore on his developmental plan at Ohio State. Moore also took official visits to Notre Dame, Penn State, Maryland and Michigan this summer. 

Ohio State first offered Moore in January, then hosted him on an unofficial visit on April 16 when he attended the Buckeyes’ spring game. By landing Moore, OSU has acquired a prospect that is capable of playing either defensive tackle or defensive end and brings the versatile skillset Johnson hopes to find in at least one prospect per cycle. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound prospect is considered to be the 53rd-best prospect in the 2023 cycle and the fifth-best defensive lineman per 247Sports’ composite rankings. 

Ohio State’s newest commit attends DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Maryland), the same high school some guy you may have heard of named Chase Young attended. In his junior season, Moore racked up 13 sacks. 

Pos Name Rating Rank Size School
WR BRANDON INNISS ★★★★★ #18 NATL | #2 WR 6-0 | 190 American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
WR CARNELL TATE ★★★★★ #28 NATL | #3 WR 6-2 | 185 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
OT LUKE MONTGOMERY ★★★★ #42 NATL | #4 OT 6-5 | 280 Findlay (Findlay, OH)
WR NOAH ROGERS ★★★★ #51 NATL | #9 WR 6-2 | 180 Rolesville (Rolesville, NC)
DL JASON MOORE ★★★★ #53 NATL | #5 DL 6-6 | 255 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)
CB DIJON JOHNSON ★★★★ #95 NATL | #11 CB 6-1 | 190 Wharton (Tampa, FL)
TE TY LOCKWOOD ★★★★ #133 NATL | #8 TE 6-5 | 225 Independence (Thompson’s Station, TN)
CB KAYIN LEE ★★★★ #146 NATL | #18 CB 6-2.5 | 175 Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, GA)
S MALIK HARTFORD ★★★★ #149 NATL | #8 S 6-2.5 | 175 Lakota West (West Chester, OH)
CB CALVIN SIMPSON-HUNT ★★★★ #173 NATL | #22 CB 6-0 | 175 Waxahachie (Waxahachie, Texas)
IOL JOSHUA PADILLA ★★★★ #180 NATL | #8 IOL 6-4 | 265 Wayne (Dayton, OH)
S CEDRICK HAWKINS ★★★★ #211 NATL | #14 S 6-0 | 175 Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)
RB MARK FLETCHER ★★★★ #221 NATL | #11 RB 6-1 | 225 American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
OL AUSTIN SIEREVELD ★★★★ #222 NATL | #10 IOL 6-5 | 320 Lakota East (Middletown, OH)
WR BRYSON RODGERS ★★★★ #267 NATL | #32 WR 6-0.5 | 175 Wiregrass Ranch (Zephyrhills, FL)
CB JERMAINE MATHEWS ★★★★ #358 NATL | #21 ATH 6-0 | 175 Winton Woods (Cincinnati, OH)
DL WILL SMITH JR. ★★★ #452 NATL | #55 DL 6-3 | 260 Dublin Coffman (Dublin, OH)
OL MILES WALKER ★★★ #463 NATL | #38 OT 6-6 | 285 Brunswick High School (Greenwich, CT)
Prospect Rating Data: 247Sports

His older brother, Justin, is a guard for the Villanova basketball team. The younger Moore also played basketball for DeMatha Catholic. 

Moore picked Ohio State over 20 other Division I schools, including Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Alabama, Maryland, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

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