Ryan Moya Commits To UCLA

After narrowing his choices down to Boise State, Oregon, California and UCLA, <b>Ryan Moya</b>, the tight end from Oak Ridge in El Dorado (Calif.) decides on the Bruins...

Calling it a "gut decision", El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge tight end Ryan Moya (6-3, 230) decided to commit to the Bruins today.

"You know, when I thought about it, it was just a gut decision. I'm relieved that I've made the decision and got it over with," said Moya.

Moya called his recruiter, tight ends coach Jon Embree and gave him the news this morning.

"Coach Embree was pretty happy. I talked with him for a little bit, and I'm supposed to call Coach (Karl) Dorrell and talk with him too. I've really felt good about this decision.

The allure of playing near home was one of the big reasons Moya picked the Bruins, when he just as easily could have picked California, which was closer to his home.

"When I started thinking about recruiting a year ago, it seemed like I wanted to take all my trips to the Eastern schools. But then this year, all of the schools I tripped to were in the West. Staying close to home was pretty big for me," said Moya.

Moya said his family was happy with his decision to choose the Bruins.

Aside from the Bruins and Bears, Moya also considered Oregon and Boise State.

Over the weekend, Moya helped Oak Ridge clinch a third consecutive CIF Sectional Title, scoring a touchdown in the win. He also watched the Bruins tangle with USC.

"That game was a promising game for them. They almost pulled it out, but it was a promising start."

Moya had to miss half the season because of a shoulder injury, but in the 6 games he played for Oak Ridge (who played 13 overall), he had 554 yards and 11 TD's. In addition, he was selected to the California squad for the Cali-Florida Bowl next month in Miami.

"I have no regrets about my senior year. Everything worked out pretty good for me. We did what we had to do on the field and won. Everything just seemed to work out."

Moya said he would spend the off-season training and getting into shape for a shot at the Bruins rotation next year. "It will be cool to learn from a guy like Marcedes (Lewis) too. I'm looking forward to it."

Moya is fully qualified with a 3.3 GPA and a 980 SAT.


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