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One of Ohio State’s top targets on the defensive line will announce his school of choice on Sunday. Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic four-star defensive lineman Jason Moore (6-6, 255) will decide between Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.
Moore – who primarily lines up at defensive end for DeMatha Catholic, the same school that produced Ohio State great Chase Young – is the No. 53 overall prospect and No. 5 defensive lineman in the class, as well as the top prospect out of Maryland.
He spent the last month taking official visits all of his top schools, finishing with a visit to Ohio State the weekend of June 24. He was initially offered by the Buckeyes in January.
If Moore commits to Ohio State, he would join Dublin (Ohio) Coffman three-star defensive lineman Will Smith Jr. (6-3, 260) as the only commitments for defensive line coach Larry Johnson. 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions currently lean heavily toward Moore becoming a Buckeye.
Troy Bowles Committing July 16; Buckeyes In Top Three
Another key target for the Buckeyes – Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit four-star linebacker Troy Bowles (6-1, 205) – included Ohio State among his top three schools and set a commitment date for July 16. Bowles is the No. 44 overall prospect and No. 2 linebacker in the class and will decide between Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Bowles was offered by Ohio State after camping with the Buckeyes last summer, and he returned for an unofficial visit in September before taking his official visit the weekend of June 24.
While the Buckeyes appear to be the favorite for Moore, Bowles is currently viewed as a Georgia lean. If he were to commit to Ohio State, he would become the first commitment at linebacker in the Buckeyes’ 2023 recruiting class.