At around six-foot-five and 330 pounds it’s tough to miss John Marshall lineman Tramonda Moore.
But, college scholarship offers didn’t come rolling in until late this summer and Moore jumped to the potential he’s long heard about.
“It’s just a blessing,” Moore said. “To have no one looking at you, it’s just a matter of months and just kind of blowing up. I heard it a lot when I was little me being so big, bigger than all the other players, they were like you can really go far if you keep playing and working on your game. So I kind of took that and ran with it.”
After a winless freshman season for Moore, John Marshall hired former OSU star Rashaun Woods.
Woods says his star senior has benefited from the structure and leadership of the staff.
“Coach Woods came in and turned the program around,” Moore said. “I just got better every summer coming to work outs, and every year just progressing in my game.”
“I haven’t had anybody quite like Tramonda Moore, and I mean that in a lot of different ways,” Woods said. “If he comes out and he does the things we all know that he can do he’ll be a top football player at any level that he plays, and continues to play at, and that is the God honest truth.”
Moore and the John Marshall football team tragically lost their teammate Cleatis Davis in a car accident just outside the high school last April. Tramonda called the event heartbreaking and even changed his number to Davis’ 54 this season to honor Cleato. Now each time Moore takes the field he’s driven by his late friend.
“Just work hard, just what Coach Woods preaches, 100 percent effort and just give it all you got,” Moore said. “That’s all he did, so that’s what we’re trying to do chasing a gold ball.”
In their pursuit of a state title Moore and, close friend, Justin Broiles have taken a new approach this season in memory of Cleato.
“We had a mindset last year that oh it’s alright we have next year, we can do it next year, and we saw his life didn’t last till next year,” Broiles said. “We just all buckled down and said it’s time to get the job done.”
“We’re just doing it for him,” Moore said. “It’s all for him.”