Did Beavs get a steal in QB Moran?

NO OTHER POSITION gets as much recruiting hoopla as does the quarterback. But future Beaver Mason Moran out of Chandler, Ariz., is intriguing for several reasons.

Mason Moran was being recruited by most schools as a safety, telling the 6-3, 180-pounder that old chestnut that they’d give him a shot to play quarterback and possibly move him to safety down the road (which translates to ‘oh, we will move you and probably after one day of fall camp,’).

Moran has D-I skills, that's not in question given the offers from Colorado, Northwestern, Louisville, Boston College and others.

But Oregon State, Mason’s prep coach Shaun Aguano at Chandler High says, likes him at QB, pure and simple.

It's something of an unconventional choice by Gary Andersen given his limited time under center to this point of his prep career.

He has never seven started a high school game at quarterback.

He had to wait for his turn under center until Arizona State signee Bryce Perkins graduated and played primarily in the defensive backfield, where he was named all-state last season.

Scout.com certainly likes him. They rate him a three-star prospect and the 19th-ranked quarterback out West.

If Mason ends up being a star in the Pac-12, Gary Andersen will be long-heralded for this recruiting get.

"He has all of the intangibles," Aguano says. "He is intelligent, a competitor and can really spin the ball. He will have some growing pains just because he doesn't have a ton of experience at quarterback but he is a good one."

Moran, as Perkins' backup, completed 9 of 15 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns as a junior, with 150 rushing yards on 12 carries. Defensively, he had 52 tackles and two interceptions.

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