Isiah Moore felt comfortable with Bowling Green, even after a big change within the program.
The All-Ohio Columbian offensive lineman faxed a Letter of Intent to play football for the school, which he verbally committed to this fall.
"When I went to the Toledo game, I really liked the team and how they got after things, and I really liked the coaching staff," Moore said of when he first committed.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Columbian’s Isiah Moore (middle) is pictured with athletic director Derek Lewis and football coach Brian Colatruglio Thursday.?Moore signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic and academic careers at Bowling Green State University.
Then the coaching staff changed.
Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson resigned a few days after beating Northern Illinois in the Mid American Conference championship game to become the coach at Wake Forest.
The Falcons hired Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers to replace Clawson. Babers then brought in a new coaching staff.
A staff that - as it turned out - was very aware of Moore.
"As soon as that happened, the new offensive line coach (Matt Mattox) called me that week and told me that he still really wanted me to play there," Moore said. "He'd seen my film, and he still liked me and was excited for me to get there."
The signing is not only special for Moore, but also for Columbian coach Brian Colatruglio. Colatruglio said the only other Division I college football player he coached was Miles Chapman at Hopewell-Loudon. Chapman went on to be a long snapper at Ohio University.
"They found him in the weight room," Colatruglio said of Chapman. "He went there to wrestle."
Moore is Colatruglio first Division I football commitment. Colatruglio said BG was a good fit for the senior, and not just for football.
"Whether kids are being recruited by D-III schools or D-I schools, one of the things is, make sure they pick a school," Colatruglio said. "Not necessarily a coach or a team, but pick a school, because that's what's most important. He has a chance to get that free education and be someplace where you're gonna be happy nine months out of the year, not just during football season.
Moore said the proximity of BG to Tiffin also is a good thing.
"My mom can come see me play," he said.