Ohio Football

Friday, July 10, 2009

Spotlight: Jeff Tanner – Moeller

By Dan Clasgens | Managing Editor

Moeller offensive lineman is one of several Crusaders from the Class of 2010 that will play Division I football.

Expectations are high this year for the Moeller Crusaders, and justifiably so as the roster is loaded with Division I talent.

From quarterback Andrew Hendrix to linebackers Marcus Rush and Nick Galvin, Crusaders’ head coach John Rodenberg has been fielding calls from recruiters representing some of the top programs in the nation.

Jeff Tanner is just one of the highly touted seniors-to-be on the roster.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman has narrowed his list of schools down to Miami (OH), Ohio, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Indiana. He hopes to make a decision soon.

Tanner has enjoyed the recruiting process and considers having so many of his teammates to share the experience with to be beneficial.

“My teammates have been a tremendous help with the process, being able to talk to different people about everything is great,” Tanner said. “It is always good to hear what they have to say about all the different schools they have been to.”

As offensive lineman, particularly on such a talent-laden team, Tanner knows that sometimes the work done by linemen on the field gets overlooked. However, he doesn’t let it fade him.

“The offensive line is very important to the game, most people don’t realize all the work we do, but that’s how offensive lineman like it, especially at Moeller,” Tanner claimed. “We have a very tight group of offensive lineman who work very hard to make this team run.”

Tanner will anchor a solid unit up front along with classmate and fellow Division I prospect, Ali Kassem. They should not only provide great protection for Hendrix, but also open up big holes for the running game.

Moeller, ranked second in the QueenCityHigh.com Preseason Ohio Division I Rankings, figures to be a contender not just for a GCL South title but a state title as well.

The Crusaders were able to make the playoffs last year, but struggled to win games against good teams. Rodenberg made strides in his first season as the Crusaders’ coach and this year the team’s hard work should begin to pay dividends on the field.

“Since Coach Rodenberg has arrived everything has gotten faster, especially practice, the no huddle offense and everything he does,” Tanner stated. “But he has kept the Moeller tradition that has been here forever which is good having known many people that have played here at Moeller and lived that tradition.”

Tanner is excited about the season ahead and knows that he still has some unfinished business. In addition to the team goals, he also wants to improve on areas in his individual performance before moving on to the next level.

“I really need to work on getting bigger and stronger and staying low on defenders,” the senior added.

Tanner’s best assets are staying on his feet and finishing. If his team can accomplish that a broader level it could be a special year for the Crusaders.

“I’m excited to play everybody this year. No matter where we play or who play, we will be ready to go,” Tanner said. “We have to take it one game at a time and just play Moeller Football.”

Dan Clasgens is a co-founder of TSF and serves as the President/Director of Media & Content for our parent company, GetSports Enterprises LLC. In addition to nearly a decade of experience in covering local high school football, Dan is a widely recognized as a fantasy football guru. He is both a local and national radio personality, including hosting a weekly show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.  If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.