Bronco Commit Continues to Garner Offers

O'Dea HS LB Allen Mooney (Seattle, WA) became the eighth Boise State 2009 commitment back on July 7th, however since that date, a new and very interesting offer has been extended to Mooney. He sat down with BroncoCountry.com to talk about the thrill of being named a team captain, that new Pac-10 offer, the obstacles he's had to overcome since his commitment, and his thoughts on Boise State now..

O'Dea HS LB Allen Mooney (Seattle, WA) became the eighth Boise State 2009 commitment back on July 7th. "I love Boise State," he said at the time. "I'm 100% committed."

Recently, however, a new school has been trying desperately to jump in the mix. "I just received an offer from UCLA about a week ago," he said.

Bronco fans will be happy to know that, according to Mooney, nothing will change his mind. "UCLA isn't an option," he said. "I told UCLA I'm committed to Boise State and that's the place I want to be. No school can replace them."

Many wondered if an offer from Washington would change his mind back when he committed to the Broncos. It's understandable since O'Dea HS is a pipeline school for Washington and his dad is an alum, but Mooney emphatically put those thoughts to rest. "I'm 100% committed to Boise State and I still would be if Washington offered," he said.

The Huskies, however, haven't given up on recruiting the MLB standout. "Washington has invited me to all of their games. Coach Donatell wanted me to come watch film with him," he said. "I said I'm committed to Boise State."

Mooney (5'11, 220, 4.58) was recruited by Coach (Justin) Wilcox. "Coach Wilcox recruited me," he said. "He's a real down to earth guy. He's young and easy to relate to. I talked to him on September 1st. We chatted about everything from vacation to football," he added.

Chris Petersen also made a big impression on Mooney. "Coach Pete is a real nice guy," he said. "He's straight forward and I really like that. He has confidence in me and thinks I'll be a great player."

Allen was looking for a few qualities during the recruiting process and he found all of those in Boise State. "I was looking for a school that was serious about football," he said. "I also was looking for a school that was good academically and a place I felt comfortable."

One other big factor in his decision was the position he wanted to play. "I want to play LB and many other schools were wanting me to move to S. Coach Pete told me I could play LB at Boise State."

The visit to Boise sealed the deal for Mooney. "I was 50/50 on West Point and Boise State before visiting," he said. "I knew Boise State was the best fit after visiting."

It's always important for the parents to be as comfortable as the recruit and that's certainly the case with Mooney. "Me and my dad watched the Fiesta Bowl a while back," he said. "My dad loved the way Corey Hall played and he told me that would be a perfect fit for me. It's funny that he was right." Allen's mom is also a big fan of the coaches at Boise State. "My mom loves the coaches," he said.

Mooney has experienced an injury since committing to Boise State. "I tore my MCL and partially tore my PCL," he said. "I'm ok, though. Coach Wilcox told me I'd have the offer even if I completely tore my ACL." Bronco fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Mooney went through rehab and has been cleared to play this season. "I went to physical therapy for about three or four weeks," he said. "My speed has actually improved a bit. I'm fine now" Mooney has been recently clocked at a 4.58 in the 40. He will wear a brace this upcoming season.

O'Dea HS suffered a devastating loss last season in the 3A State Championship Game. "We lost by a TD to Skyline," he said. "We were up 28-7 at halftime." That loss has only made the offseason that much more intense as O'Dea prepares to make another run at the 3A State Championship. "Our motto all offseason has been to finish," he said. "It's on the back of our shirts and our goal is to win this season. I believe we can."

Mooney has been awarded the honor of being named a team captain for the upcoming season. "There are four captains," he said. "We have a tradition of winning teams with great captains. I want to lead by example."

Bronco fans have plenty to be excited about when it comes to Allen Mooney. Last season, Mooney racked up 106 tackles with 36 being for a loss. He had an interception to go along with two sacks and three forced fumbles.

BroncoCountry.com will have updates on Allen Mooney throughout his senior season.

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