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FOR LYLE MOEVAO, perhaps the top CCCCA quarterback prospect this year, it turns out he will be plying his wares in the Pac-10 instead. After a visit to Corvallis this week, the 6-0, 225-pound quarterback from El Camino College sat down with his JC coach and came to a decision today. With his junior college coach's blessing, he picked up the phone, called Mike Riley and became a Beaver.

It came down to Oregon State and Nebraska for Moevao.

"I actually committed to Oregon State today," said Moevao. "Both of those programs, Oregon State and Nebraska, are great and there are a lot of similarities between them and the people there. I just had a special feeling at Oregon State."

In addition to the Beavs and Cornhuskers, Troy had also offered. Moevao was also seeing interest from Hawaii, Utah, Washington State and Washington. His two finalists were Nebraska and Oregon State, and after trips to both campuses, it was time to confer with his junior college coach.

"I told the coaching staffs from both schools I wouldn't commit until I got to back to El Camino and talked to coach (John) Featherstone out of respect for him," said Moevao. "My mom flew in this morning and we went straight from the airport and met with coach Featherstone. We talked for about half an hour and he was really supportive on my decision and then I called coach Riley. He was really happy.

"I told him how I felt, I told him I had a great trip," said Moevao. "And I told him I would love to be able to play for him."

MOEVAO EXPLODED ONTO the scene in 2005, throwing for 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns against only nine interceptions and completing 66% of his passes as a true freshman. His quarterback rating was a ridiculous 175.

He capped his breakout year by leading El Camino to a win over Riverside in the National Bowl and was named second team all-Mission Conference and an honorable mention JC all-American. Had he returned to El Camino for the 2006 season, he was expected by many to be the top CCCCA quarterback coming out this year.

Instead, Moevao leaves for Corvallis in a little over a week, on June 25, and will enroll in summer classes at OSU and begin voluntary summer conditioning with the Beavs.

"My plan is to get there and get involved as soon as possible," said Moevao. "I just want to say this has been truly a blessing for me, to have all these opportunities and choices. It was a blessing to meet coach Riley and the rest of the coaching staff there and hopefully, great things are going to come out of this."

MOEVAO HAS 4 to play 3 at Oregon State.

He was a full qualifier out of North Torrance High in Torrance, Calif., about 20 minutes outside L.A., but went the junior college route to gain experience and develop as a quarterback.

"In high school I really didn't have a breakout season," Moevao told Scout.com's Bryan Munson. "We ran the ball a lot and I thought that at J.C. that it would help me improve upon my performance at the quarterback position."

Judging by his ascension to Pac-10 ball after one year of junior college competition, mission accomplished.

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