Ohio linebacker commits to IU

Beavercreek High School plays in one of the best conferences in the football-mad state of Ohio. According to coach Scott Clodfelter, the Great Western Ohio Conference Central Division boasts 45 alumni playing at Division I schools.

It stands to reason, then that many of the players who enter the conference presume a scholarship to be their birthright. So whenever Clodfelter tries to impress upon them what it actually takes to make it there, he directs their attention to inside linebacker Airius Moore.

“Airius is one of the best players we’ve ever had at Beavercreek,” Clodfelter said. “… I always tell our kids, everyone thinks they’re a Division I football player,”Even if they’re really not. But I always tell them if you want to see what a Division I player looks like, look at Airius. He’s the real deal.”

That became official on Thursday when Moore committed to join Indiana’s Class of 2014. He chose the Hoosiers over Marshall, his other top choice, as well as offers from Illinois, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Ohio University and Western Michigan.

Moore said he got a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers last basketball season. He took an official visit for the Missouri game on Sept. 21 and decided it was the right place for him.

“It was just the coaches and feeling comfortable there,” Moore said. “I feel like I’m going to become a better person there.’

Moore has been a starter at Beavercreek since his freshman year, and last season, he led the school to a 7-3 record and its first division championship in 27 years. He rushed for 512 yards and 14 touchdowns last season as a fullback and was also named the league’s defensive player of the year with 70 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. So far this season, he has 50 tackles including 1.5 sacks for Beavercreek, which is 3-4 so far. He plays as the weakside inside linebacker in Beavercreek’s 3-4 defense.

“He’s very explosive,” Clodfelter said. “From hash to hash, he’s a really good football player. … He has an outstanding mind for the game. He’s a smart kid to begin with. He processes information quickly. He has what you can’t coach. He has really good anticipation, not only with a snap count and blitzing on a snap count, but he can shift through blocks and get through the hole. He does a lot of things you can’t coach.”

Clodfelter said he expects the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Moore to play as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, simply because he doesn’t have quite the size to be in the middle. The biggest knock on him, he said, is his straight-ahead speed, but his instincts and his ability to both play in coverage and step up to stop the run should make him an asset, he said.

“If he had gone to a combine and ran a 4.4 or a 4.5, he would’ve been a USC or Alabama recruit,” Clodfelter said. “That’s the only thing that held him back as far as some coaches were concerned was that he was not the fastest person in the world. But Indiana was smart enough to know you don’t have to have an inside linebacker who runs a 4.3. He’s a football player. If you watch him on film, I don’t care who he was playing against, he was the best player on the field.”

3 comments

  1. Arius, welcome to IU. I’m glad you chose IU. I look forward to your contribution to IU to restore it to greatness in football.

  2. Obviously Higgi did not read the article… Haha. Seriously though Moore could be the type of guy that can lead a BigTen Defense in a couple years. We have added some athletes and speed to our defense with last years recruiting class. This year we need to find some hard-nosed players who can stop the run and lead the D. Moore seems like a perfect fit, like the coach said you dont have to be real fast to be a great LB. It is more about instincts, agility, and liking to punch people in the mouth. Thats what it takes to be a good LB. Our D has the potential to be very good with these last couple recruiting classes but it will take time. Starting with guys like Latham, Raphael Green, Kenney, Nick Mangieri on the line and then Linebackers like Kris Smith, Simmons, Oliver, Newton and Moore. Finally, our secondary with guys like Antonio Allen, Chase Dutra, Rashard Fant, and Noel Padmore have the potential to turn into on the best sets of d-backs IU has ever seen.. And we all know our OFFENSE is loaded for years to come

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