Early Thoughts from Junior Chane Moline

He'll be one of the most highly recruited running backs in the west for 2006, so the 6-2, 235-pounder from Mission Viejo, <b>Chane Moline</b>, gave us an early look at his recruitment, and how his brother, Chase, signing with UCLA might affect it...

One of the premier fullbacks in the nation the past two years, and quite possibly the top one entering his senior year is Mission Viejo (Calif.) fullback Chane Moline (6-2, 235).

The burly ballcarrier had a monster junior year in helping lead Mission Viejo to the #2 national ranking at the end season.

He rushed for 1,872 yards on 218 carries (8.59 ypc), and despite being taken out early in 12 of the Diablos' 14 games, he still rushed for 133.7 yards per game. He also had 22 catches for 270 yards and scored 40 touchdowns on the season (38 rushing, 2 receiving).

He was named CIF Division I Co-Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the All-Southern Section and All-State Underclass Team.

"As hard as we worked last year, and as good as we did last year, this year we're working even harder and want to have a better year," said Moline.

His brother, Chase, just signed with UCLA last week and Chane said he is starting to have his own recruitment pick up.

"I'm hearing from a lot from schools nationally like Notre Dame, Ohio State and Colorado. In the Pac-10, I'm hearing from UCLA a lot, and USC a little," said Moline.

When asked if playing with his brother is something he'll consider when making his choice, Moline said it would be a nice bonus: "Definitely. I grew up liking UCLA, and always liked them. It's an added bonus that my brother is going there. I'd love to play football in college with him," said Moline. "I'm going to wait, though, and see what all of my options are. I want to see what all the schools recruiting me have."

He has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but said the mail is constantly coming.

Moline attended the Nike Camp in San Diego a year ago, but isn't sure if he'll attend one this year. "I went last year, so I don't know if I'll go to one this year, it depends. I also went to UCLA's 1-Day Camp last year. I may go again to that."

With Moline's focus on carrying the ball in high school, he's aware that some college would like him to play defense. However, he'd prefer to stay on offense. "I may play some defense this year, maybe linebacker, but I want to run the ball. I'm going to check out how teams use their fullback or running backs. I could play H-Back and catch the ball. I just prefer offense."

Having watched his brother go through the recruiting process, and seeing several teammates sign with various programs, Moline thinks he's prepared for the process himself. "I can see what they did, what mistakes they've made, what they did good, and I'll be prepared. I'm really more focused on what Mission is doing than my recruiting right now," said Moline.

Moline has a 2.8 GPA and has yet to take his SAT.

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