It was just eight days ago that Fresno State offered three-star recruit Daniel Moraga - enough time for him to decide that he wanted to be a Bulldog. Moraga announced his decision at 7 p.m. Monday night, choosing the Fresno State over offers from schools including Hawaii, New Mexico, Idaho, Sacramento State and Northern Colorado.
"I loved it there," Moraga said of his visit to Fresno State last weekend. "The players were really nice people. The coaches were really good to me. It's something new there, they have a whole new coaching staff... My favorite part was getting to know Coach Tedford and the other coaches. They're good people and good coaches. That program is headed toward something different, something big."
Moraga took official visits to Hawaii and Sacramento State and also field offers from New Mexico and Idaho. However, Fresno State instantly became an option when they offered him a scholarship eight days ago.
"Honestly, I wasn't really expecting it," Moraga said of Fresno State's interest. "I knew they had a new coaching staff, but I wasn't really even talking to them. Then they hit me up. Fresno State has always been a big one for me, I was talking to their old coaching staff. That's always been one of my top choices, as soon as I got the offer I was really excited."
As a receiver, Moraga had 65 receptions for 1,050 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior season, despite missing the last three games to a broken shoulder. With his size, many schools projected him as a tight end. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 83 tight end prospect in the nation. However, Fresno State is recruiting Moraga as an athlete - he doubles as a linebacker.
“On defense, I think I’m an aggressive player,” Moraga said. “I go all out. I’m the type of player to be at the ball every play. I’m relentless on the defensive side. I try to make big plays when we need it. On offense I'm the go-to guy to make a play for the team. I’ll go up and get the ball.”
Moraga's addition comes as good timing for Fresno State's 2017 class. The Bulldogs just lost a tight end recruit, Christian Williams, who flipped from the Bulldogs to TCU.