"I went to bed last night pretty conflicted between Fresno and Cal," said Moos, who chose Cal over Fresno State and Louisville. "I just thought that I'd wake up and go with whatever my gut was telling me, and in the morning, it was telling me to go down and play for coach [Justin] Wilcox and coach [Beau] Baldwin at Cal.
"I think the thing that really put it over was the opportunity to play in the Pac-12, at such a prestigious program, and at such a prestigious University, with great academics. It's a team that, I truly believe, under coach Wilcox and coach Baldwin, is going to go up and keep going up. Just the opportunity to play for those guys, and be in the beautiful, beautiful Bay Area is what sold it."
The son of Washington State athletic director Bill Moos, and younger brother of Beau Moos, who played defensive tackle at Arizona State ("I grew up, he grew out," Ben joked), Ben was originally committed to Utah, before the Utes went in another direction, offensively, installing spread coordinator -- and former Cal quarterback -- Troy Taylor.
"You know, he's very excited," Moos said of his father, who himself played at Washington State. "It's always been his dream to play in the Rose Bowl, and he never got the opportunity to, and Beau missed out on it, so I think that he's excited that I'll have the opportunity to, if things go right, play in one, myself, and fulfill his dream, my brother's dream and my dream."
Utah's loss is the Bears' gain. Moos is a big, bullying, bruising tight end who's ready to play right away. Unlike the leaner, more athletic Gavin Reinwald, Moos has the size to be able to block defensive ends at the point of attack as soon as he gets onto campus. While Reinwald may be perhaps the better catching tight end, Moos looks to be the better blocker of the two, and the kind of tight end who can clear our the middle of the field.
"Exactly," Moos said. "I think nowadays, tight ends are starting to say that they want to go out and be able to be flexed out and do things in the slot, and I think I'm very capable of doing that, when asked, but I think my strength is being able to be in-line with my hand in the dirt and moving people out of the way, opening up opportunities in the run game and play action."
Moos is a four-year varsity starter, a three-time All-Great Northern League pick and a second-team All-State selection (all classifications) by USA TODAY. He was also a first-tam MaxPreps Freshman All-American in 2013, and a first-team Preseason All-State (all classifications) by the Tacoma News Tribune in 2016.
This season, Moos caught 61 balls for 650 yards and six touchdowns.
“Ben is just the type of player we are looking for in our offensive schemes," Wilcox said. "He is a big body that has the ability to both block and catch the ball as a tight end as evidenced by the big receiving numbers he put up in high school. We’re excited that Ben has decided to come to Cal and help us build our offensive identity.”
Moos is dear friends with Bears defensive end Evan Weaver. Moos's mother is close with new head coach Justin Wilcox's mother, from Wilcox's playing days at Oregon, when Bill served as the Ducks AD.
Moos said that he's secretly a big gamer, with his favorite video games being Fallout 4 (Fallout: New Vegas is in his top five) and Skyrim. When he's not on the field or in the weight room, he said, he's huddled under a blanket with a controller in his hands. While on his official visit, he didn't want to let it slip, but he was quite excited when he saw that the Cal players' lounge has every gaming system he could dream of.
"I kind of kept that to myself, but they'll learn soon enough, when, Friday night, they're all going out, and I'm cuddled up in a blanket, playing video games," Moos said.
After his announcement on Wednesday, he said he would get the day off from school, meaning that it was back to the homestead to relax, and yes, maybe play a little Fallout.