And the 6-foot-3, 205-pound versatile target can’t wait to run inside Bulldog Stadium after talking to Barkboard, as Moraga turned down offers from Hawaii, Sacramento State, Northern Colorado and, what he called, a late pursuit from Idaho to join FS.
“What sold me on Fresno State was that fact that I was going to be able to do what I love at a big-time school in California,” Moraga said.
The tight end/wide receiver/linebacker already digs the friendliness of the Central Valley, as he got a chance to interact with some Bulldog fans.
“The People of the valley have shown nothing but love,” Moraga said.
Of the 23 players who signed their LOI on Wednesday, Moraga is one of 14 who are listed as a three-star by Scout, helping catapult the ‘Dogs to a No. 2 team ranking in the Mountain West for the 2017 cycle. He was not only the Tritons’ top college football prospect, but he’s listed as the state’s No. 16 ranked tight end per Scout rankings.
Moraga, though, isn’t sure yet where his future will lie on the Bulldog sprint turf.
“They offered me as an athlete. I can play either tight end or outside linebacker. I feel that I can be successful on either side of the ball,” Moraga said. “I'm going to be a straight dog on the field no matter what side I line up on.”
He won’t be the first one in his family to taste the Football Bowl Subdivision atmosphere. His older cousin Carlos Mendoza lined up at linebacker for Arizona State after starring at nearby Oaks Christian.
Moraga wants to blaze his own path, and hopes the Red Wave remembers him for his stellar play.
“I want to leave a legacy there,” Moraga said. “I know that's the mentality of every commit who was the man at their high school, but I really know what I want. I don't think I’ve made it yet.
“I put in the work to earn my free education, now I'm grinding to be successful once I get on that level. I don't want to just show up and be like everyone else. I want to get there and be prepared to make a name for myself. The grind has just begun. I’ve got big plans.”