Moya Talks About UCLA Visit

The tight end prospect from El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge, <b>Ryan Moya</b>, visited UCLA officially last weekend. Despite the loss against Washington State, Moya talked positively about the trip and UCLA...

While it has been a frustrating season for El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge tight end Ryan Moya (6-3, 230), he hasn't seen any dip in his recruiting, and just took his second official visit this past weekend, when he tripped to UCLA.

"The trip to UCLA was great," said Moya. "I really had a good time. Spencer Havner was my host."

While the game in the Rose Bowl wasn't the best, Moya said other than that the trip was enjoyable and allowed UCLA to remain a heavy favorite amongst his top four.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches there," Moya said. "They have a real good perception of my game there. I have a good idea of where I stand with them, and how I factor into their plans. The coaches said they have big plans for me. And I like where they are going as a program," said Moya, who is being recruited by tight end coach Jon Embree.

He didn't say, though, that a commitment was imminent. "I wouldn't say I'm close to committing anywhere though, but the trip was a good one."

Moya had previously tripped to Boise State. This weekend, he will again see the Bruins when he visits Oregon, and the following weekend he will be in Berkeley for Cal's game with Stanford.

That could be enough for him to make a decision. He said, "After that weekend, I should have a good idea of where I'm standing with the four schools. That week will be a big week for me. I still may take a fifth trip, but I don't know where it's going to be yet. But it could be just those four too."

Moya has racked up 11 offers, four from his favorites, and the remainders coming from Arizona, San Diego State, Fresno State, Illinois, UNLV, Indiana and Northwestern.

Though he said earlier in the summer that UCLA and Cal were his two leaders, Moya says it is now basically between his four favorites.

His senior year on the field has been one of personal disappointment. Moya separated his shoulder early in the season, and hasn't fully recovered to full strength. As it is, his coaches are keeping him out until the playoffs start. "It's not how I envisioned my senior year being," he said. "When you're a kid, you kind of look forward to your senior year, but it's just been real frustrating not being able to play. But the bottom line is, I'm going to be able to come back at a crucial time, when my team could use me. It's better than sitting out the rest of the year."

As a junior, Moya had 39 receptions for 663 yards and 8 touchdowns for Oak Ridge, who has won the Section title the past two years.

This year, Oak Ridge stands at 7-2, but Moya says the pieces are in place for a third straight title, and he is anxious to get back on the field and make a contribution. "I'll help anyway I can. I just want to get out there and leave a legacy."

For now, Moya is focusing on winning a third championship, saying that it's another reason he'll wait until no sooner than December before any type of serious decision-making in regard to recruiting.

Moya has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 980 on his SAT, qualifying him for college.


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