True freshman defensive lineman Jason Moore sheds black stripe

On3 imageby:Andy Backstrom09/28/23


COLUMBUS — Ohio State true freshman defensive lineman Jason Moore shed his black stripe Thursday.

Moore joined the program in the summer and has played three defensive snaps so far this season, according to Pro Football Focus. All three of those came in the late stages of a 63-10 win over Western Kentucky.

Moore signed with Ohio State as the On3 Industry Ranking’s No. 61 overall prospect in the 2023 class. He showed out at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2022. The season before that, he piled up 73 tackles and 14 sacks.

“I like Jason,” longtime Ohio State D-Line coach Larry Johnson said in May. “I think Jason’s got a chance. He’s a real quiet star and doesn’t talk very much but works hard, looks good.”

Moore put in serious work before arriving on campus, checking in at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds. For reference, his On3 recruiting profile reads 6-foot-5.5, 260 pounds.

Moore has been playing defensive tackle at Ohio State, so that additional size comes in handy. But he can play outside, too. And that versatility was one of things that piqued the interest of not only Johnson but also Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day in Moore’s recruitment.

Jason Moore becomes latest true freshman to shed black stripe

Sophomore offensive linemen George Fitzpatrick and Tegra Tshabola lost their black stripes the second week of this year’s spring practice, along with Ole Miss transfer cornerback Davison Igbinosun and true freshman wide receiver Carnell Tate. Oregon State transfer quarterback Tristan Gebbia shed his black stripe later in spring ball. And so did true freshman safety Malik Hartford and true freshman tight end Jelani Thurman.

Both transfer offensive linemen the Buckeyes brought in this offseason, Josh Simmons and Victor Cutler Jr., were the first Ohio State players to shed their black stripes in training camp. Then true freshman offensive tackle Luke Montgomery lost his, along with Ole Miss transfer defensive tackle Tywone Malone. After that, true freshman wide receiver Bryson Rodgers joined true freshman cornerback Jermaine Mathews in receiving the post-practice honor. Transfer cornerback Lorenzo Styles Jr. lost his black stripe the same week as Rodgers and Mathews. The most recent black stripe honorees are wide receiver Noah Rogers, defensive tackle Kayden McDonald, offensive linemen Josh Padilla and Austin Siereveld and wide receiver Brandon Inniss, linebacker/defensive end Arvell Reese — all true freshmen — plus Syracuse transfer safety Ja’Had Carter and Arizona State transfer long snapper John Ferlmann. Now, Moore can be added to that list.

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