At 6-3, 190 pounds, OPRF junior Jahmari Moore is a rangy, fast linebacker who has solidified the middle of the Huskies’ defense along with teammate/buddy Marty McAndrews. He has 15 1/2 tackles including a tackle for loss and a pass breakup on the season.

Moore was called up to the varsity as a promising sophomore in 2013 and his talent took hold immediately. On a team full of athletes, Moore notably glides around the field and provides both pass rushing and run support. He can drop back in coverage, too, as versatility is a major attribute. If he stays the course, the talented defensive player certainly has the physical tools and desire to play college football.

Off the field, Moore has a magnetic personality and is pretty popular among his teammates. While my primary responsibility as the Huskie Huddle lead reporter is objectivity, I’ll admit I like the kid a lot, too. Here’s more on Moore in our exclusive Q and A with one of the Huskies’ fastest rising stars.

What do you like most about being an OPRF football player? I enjoy my teammates. My teammates are what makes the season worth it. These are my buddies and I’m having fun with them.

What is the experience like playing for Coach Hoerster and his staff? It’s a great experience because you learn a lot from the coaches. They’ve won a lot of state championships. They’ve known what it’s like to be a successful program. Being around them in general is great influence on us as players.

What are your aspirations both personally and for the team? Personally, I would like to go to college. I’d want to get a scholarship and make it easier for my parents to take care of my siblings. I also want to win a state title for with my brothers on the football team. As a whole, we hope to get better collectively, week by week. We only want to go forward and win a state title.

How much fun is it playing in a great football conference? It’s a lot of fun. It gives us a great look at some of the best teams in the state. Knowing that we can compete and actually win by a big margin says a lot about our program.

Is there a particular team within the conference that you get particularly fired up to play? Glenbard West, no question about it. I can’t wait to play them this season and see how we match up.

Who is a teammate you really respect? I really have respect for the scout teams, collectively. They give us good looks, they cheers us on every night. They do so much that don’t really get noticed as much as the starters. 

Who keeps the guys on the team loose and is genuinely funny? Marty McAndrews is the guy! He has a crazy amount of leadership and influence over the team. He gets us pumped and loose before every single game. 

What is the experience like playing in such a historic home stadium in front of such supportive fans? It’s a very fun experience! The Dog Pound (student section) is awesome. We have the most loyal fans in the state! It’s not even close. The amazing part of it all is that these are our friends and family. Having fun on the field and with the fans is all I can ask for.

What classes do you enjoy most in school? I enjoy Computer Applications Honors. It’s teaching me a lot of new stuff through hands on experience, which in some cases, makes it easier to learn.

Do you a favorite teacher? Yes, Jason Dennis. He’s one of the smartest men I’ve ever met. I’ve never had him as a teacher, but he was my head coach on the sophomore team.

What are some of your other hobbies and interests? I like writing poetry, playing basketball, video games, and bike riding.

Who is someone you admire? I admire Mr. Dennis (same person from previous question) I also admire my older brother, Johnnie Moore III. He’s my biggest role model.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Start looking at everyday as a blessing and appreciate it, because if you think about it, there’s some people in the world that didn’t eat tonight and I’d bet they’re still happier than us.

What are some of your favorite TV shows and movies? And which actor would you choose to play you in a movie? My favorite TV shows are “White Collar,” “Breaking Bad,” any Disney Channel program from the 90’s up until 2011, “New Girl,” “How I Met your Mother,” and “Chuck.” My favorite movies are “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “Forrest Gump,” any Harry Potter movie, “Hunger Games,” etc.,and I don’t think there’s an actor I’d like to be.

What are your favorite foods? I love Panda Express!

What is a dream vacation spot for you? Costa Rica and Brazil
Who are your favorite pro athletes? Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler
What are the 3 words that best describe you? fun, sweet and unique
You’re living on a deserted island. What are your 3 must haves? God, food and family

If you could have dinner with one famous person (alive or dead) who would you choose and what would you talk about? I’d have a talk with Will Smith. I’d talk to him about his career and what was it like having a career like that for so long. I’d also ask him about the famous scene in Fresh Prince of Bel Air where Will’s dad left him again and Uncle Phil was there to comfort him.

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