It is not often talk of a top football prospect out of Beavercreek (Ohio) High School hits the recruiting scene. However, with 2014 linebacker Airius Moore (6-0, 216-pounds) things are off to a fast start with two early scholarship offers.
"My first offer came from Illinois," said Moore. "I'm going there this Saturday to visit them. I know they like me as a player but I'm not very educated in a lot of what they do. I know they are the smartest school in the Big Ten."
Moore's other offer came following a solid summer camp experience and the success he's seen on the field this fall.
"I've also been offered by Cincinnati where I camped at this summer," said Moore.
While surprised by the early attention, Moore feels it's well deserved.
"I feel I've worked hard for what I'm getting," said Moore. "I felt I worked really, really hard in the off season and a lot of the other players on the team also worked hard. We went 7-3 and that was better than we did the year before. We didn't make the playoffs, but that is what we're trying to do. Beating Wayne and Centerville was pretty cool I would say."
Moore made a couple of camp stops this past summer but also missed a few invites he received as well.
"I attended Cincinnati's camp and Ohio State's camp and planned on going to Notre Dame and Michigan State's camp, but my dad had to work," said Moore. "Coaches from Notre Dame and Michigan State came to my school when they were able to talk with us and invited me to their camps. I haven't really talked with them much since but they do send me mail."
As for any other game day visits Moore has at least one more planned after this week's trip to Illinois.
"I'm going to Ohio State when they play Michigan," said Moore. "My coach says a coach from Ohio State is to come to my school on Friday."
This fall Moore played on both sides for Beavercreek. On offense Moore rushed for 512 yards and 14 touchdowns while posting around 80 tackles with two interceptions and four forced fumbles from his linebacker position.
Moore also plays basketball and will be the starting point guard for the Beavers this winter. Last season Moore averaged nine points a game and 4.3 assists per game on a team that went 18-5 overall.