Gallia Academy standout lineman Owen Moore signed his letter of intent Wednesday to continue his football career at the University of Chicago. Owen, an All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League first team selection this past fall, will be attending a school known more for its work in the classroom than on the gridiron. The U.S. News and World Report ranked Chicago as the fifth National University, trailing Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Columbia and it is tied with Stanford. “Obviously Chicago is an exciting city,” Moore said. “This is a great academic school and that really attracted me to it. Football is just a plus on top of that stuff.” Moore currently holds a 4.15 grade point average at GAHS and is tied for first in the class of 2014. “Coaching him was awesome,” Gallia Academy head coach Wade Bartholomew said. “Owen is a kid that was the same every single day, you got perfection, you got determination and you got an attitude that he was willing to succeed. He’s a kid that understands what hard work is on and off the field. The classroom comes first for him at all times, he even started study tables for us during the season because he wanted to make sure every kid understood how important academics were. He set the standard and he’s being paid off for it by getting the chance to go the University of Chicago.” Owen would like to thank God, his family, his parents, his coaches, the GAHS administration and his teachers. “I feel like we’ve played a great level of competition at Gallia Academy and it’s been two great years,” Owen said. “Academically it’s been a great school, one of the best public schools around here and I feel like I’m going to be prepared when I go up there.” Pictured, sitting in the front from left, are Owen’s father Joe Moore, Owen Moore, and Owen’s mother Sarah Evans-Moore. Standing in the back, from left, are GAHS Superintendent Roger Mace, GAHS Athletic Director Brent Simms, Blue Devils assistant football coach Alex Penrod, Blue Devils assistant football coach Brad Harris and Blue Devils head football coach Wade Bartholomew. The University of Chicago is located in the Hyde Park area of the Windy City and is home to the first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, in 1935. Owen plans on majoring in economics at Chicago.