Oberlin's Jason Moore signs with Findlay Oilers

SPECIAL TO THE MORNING JOURNAL Oberlin’s Jason Moore smiles after signing his national letter of intent to continue his football career at the University of Findlay, at Oberlin on Wednesday. Moore started at quarterback for the Phoenix, but will play wide receiver with the Oilers.

Oberlin head football coach Fred Howery played his college football at the University of Findlay before he took the job as head coach of the Phoenix three years ago. Wednesday, not only did he have his first player sign a National Letter of Intent in his coaching tenure, but Jason Moore, Jr. is following in his coach’s footsteps.

Moore signed a full scholarship to Findlay after making his verbal commitment the week before. He had other offers from Mercyhurst, Edinboro and Notre Dame College, but felt at home as an Oiler.

“When I got there, I clicked with the coaches a lot,” Moore said. “I clicked with the players and being on the campus, it felt right for me. It’s a lot of good support. I like the environment. And I know that they’ll take care of me.”

Moore was the star on an Oberlin team which finished the 2012 season 6-4. He started at quarterback for the Phoenix, but will play wide receiver with the Oilers. The versatile athlete was also the Lorain County Defensive Back of the Year and earned first-team All-PAC and All-Northeast District Division V honors, all while just starting his football career as a sophomore.

“Up to his sophomore year, he didn’t play football,” Howery said. “He came on here for his sophomore, junior and senior year. He really took it under his wing to become a better football player every day. And it’s paying off now.”

When Howery found out his talented senior made his commitment last week, he couldn’t help but be proud.

“Coach (Thomas) Howard (Findlay’s co-defensive coordinator) called me at work and told me that Jason had called him back and verbally committed to him, and I was excited as ever,” he said. “He had to make a couple of big decisions. When he made the decision, I was very proud that it’s my alma mater as well. It really makes it exciting for him to be attending my alma mater.”

Moore said he was very excited for the recruiting process to be over as he continues his football career at Findlay.

“All the hard work has paid off,” he added. “At the same time, I’ll still be humble and hungry. I can’t let up. It’s just the beginning. I have to keep working hard.”

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Last Updated: 2/6/2013 8:47:45 PM EST

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