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Moon is in his first season playing defense

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 5:26 pm

North Side senior D'Marcus Moon has taken to the linebacker position – a spot he had never played before – with impressive gusto this season.

In fact, it has earned him a Division I scholarship offer.

A pair of assistant coaches from Eastern Michigan out of the MAC visited North Side on Monday, formally offering Moon a scholarship to play for the Eagles.

“It was a blessing,” Moon said about the offer, his first from a D-I school. “They say that my upside is tremendous.”

In his first season playing linebacker after transferring from Bishop Dwenger, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Moon has amassed team highs in tackles (62), tackles for loss (13) and sacks (eight).

Not bad for a player still learning the position.

“The first few games it was a matter of getting my feet wet (at linebacker),” Moon said. “As I have gotten more comfortable and with help from (linebackers coach) Mike Neuman and (head coach Ryan Hall), I feel like I have gotten better and better each game.”

Eastern Michigan was the first to offer the senior, but it is far from the only program interested. Miami (Ohio) and Ball State have also expressed interest out of the MAC.

Other schools that have inquired include Indiana, Purdue, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Moon visited Indiana for the Hoosiers' game in prime time against SEC opponent Missouri.

“It was a crazy atmosphere and a good game,” said Moon.

Moon expects a visit by Indiana to North Side in the near future.

Despite his history at running back, linebacker seems to be Moon's college home as all of the Division I teams that have spoken to him prefer him at middle backer.

Moon plans to visit Eastern Michigan on Oct. 19 when it hosts Ohio University.

That is the only other visit he now has planned.

“I want to take my time with my decision and truly weigh my options,” Moon said. “Great things take time.”