Following Wayne’s recent win over Beavercreek, Warriors head coach Jay Minton personally sought out Beavercreek senior linebacker Airius Moore during postgame handshakes. Minton hugged Moore, voiced his appreciation and slapped the Creek senior’s shoulder pads.
The respect was evident — and well deserved.
Last week, Moore committed to Indiana.
He’ll thrive in Bloomington.
The reigning GWOC Central Division Defensive Player of the Year, Moore (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) also had offers from Illinois, Marshall, Cincinnati and several MAC schools. He’s the first Creek player to commit to a Big Ten school since Zach Domicone (2008) signed with Ohio State.
Versatility? Moore has rushed for 20 TDs the last two years. He averages a TD every six carries. Moore is also an All-GWOC point guard in basketball.
Special K: Last Monday in this column, it was reported that Alter junior defensive lineman Kraig Howe (6-3, 253) had picked up a new offer from Toledo to go with prior ones from Illinois and Pitt. That same day Howe picked up another offer — from Miami. Howe has visited Indiana and plans trips to Illinois, Ohio State, Arkansas and Pitt (again) this fall.
Rocket man: Anna junior defensive lineman Chandler Cotterman (6-5, 290) continues to impress. Cotterman was in Columbus on Saturday for the Ohio State-Iowa game. Buckeye assistant coach Tim Hinton has visited Anna twice and Arkansas and Toledo have also made stops in Shelby County to check him out.
Cotterman attended a Toledo basketball game last season and plans to get back for a football game this fall. A game at Cincinnati is also on the docket.
Other schools showing interest are Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Ball State.
Trending: Trotwood-Madison junior defensive back Kei Beckham (6-0, 155) added an offer from Cincinnati last week. His list already included Illinois, Akron, Indiana, Kentucky and Minnesota.
Next level: Wayne isn’t known for its running game, but the Warriors have a good back in Trey McFadden. The senior leads the Warriors in rushing (111 carries for 646 yards and nine TDs) and is the team’s third leading receiver (17 receptions for 245 yards and our TDs).
McFadden (5-9, 195) is receiving attention from Indiana and Akron as well as Illinois State and Youngstown State. Several D-II schools are also interested.
Two positives for McFadden? His ability to pass block and catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s a complete back, worthy of a scholarship and could be a steal. Anyone listening?