October 10, 2011

Jones-Moore to Join High School Teammate at UT

Damion Jones-Moore is the second Pittsburgh Central Catholic football player to commit to the University of Toledo in the last month.

Jones-Moore, a 5-foot-6, 171 pound running back, joins teammate Juwan Haynes as one of the 14 2012 commits to the Rocket football program.

The speedy running back, gave his verbal commitment on Saturday night after receiving interest from Ohio University and Youngstown State.

"I went there and went for a visit and I liked the school and I liked the program," Jones-Moore said of Toledo. "All the coaches were winners. All the coaches up there were awesome, so I kind of felt at home when I went up there."

Toledo assistant coaches Jason Candle and Louis Ayeni were responsible for the recruitment of Jones-Moore.

"They were real exciting and at the same time they were all about business," Jones-Moore said.

Jones-Moore admits that the prior commitment from Haynes did play a bit of a role in his decision to attend Toledo.

"He's one of my good friends," Jones-Moore said of Juwan Haynes. "So, knowing that one of my good friends is going to be there too is a good thing."

Versatility is one thing that Jones-Moore said is part of his game. While some may question his size, he believes he can be a complete back at the college level.

"I like to think my strength is a lot of things," he said. "I can do more than just run. You can put me in the slot and block and things like that."

Jones-Moore is in the middle of his senior year at Pittsburgh Central Catholic and is still trying to round out his game before he becomes a Rocket.

"I just want to work on everything. I want to improve on every single thing: speed, power, agility, everything," he said.

While Jones-Moore is focusing on his senior year at Central Catholic, he still has had time to catch Toledo on TV against some of the good competition they have faced this year.

"I liked what they were doing," he said. "They had a couple things go wrong, but they hung in with Boise State and Syracuse. So, I'm pretty impressed with what they've done."

Pittsburgh Central Catholic, the high school alma mater of Dan Marino, is off to a 6-0 start this year and Jones-Moore hopes there are more wins in the near future.

"Hopefully we can win State this year," he said. "That would make it perfect."

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