Hardwood for the Gridiron

Eron Moses, the 6-5, 240-pound ex-basketball player from Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza, decided to take up football and, after just his junior season, has garnered four Division 1 scholarship offers, and interest from the Pac-10. The defensive end prospect told us about his transition and his recruiting...

Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza defensive end/linebacker Eron Moses (6-5, 240) has only played football for one year, but that hasn't stopped him from receiving four scholarship offers.

"I've been offered by Boise State, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada," said Moses.

Moses, who camped at both UCLA and USC earlier this spring and summer, is also hearing from Colorado, San Diego State and Washington.

"My favorite schools are USC, UCLA and San Diego State because they're close to home," said Moses. "My preference is to stay close by, but I'm open to leaving."

Oregon just secured a commitment from Moses' teammate, running back Charles Neal, and the Ducks have also visited Esperanza this spring to show some interest in Moses.

The 2005 season was Moses' first year on the gridiron and the season turned out well for Esperanza, with the Aztecs making it to the CIF Division I Finals. Moses had 25 tackles and a pair of sacks, six tackles for loss, and showed the potential to be an impact player with some more seasoning.

After just a year of football, Moses likes what he sees. He said, "It was my first year of football and I really had no idea how it would turn out. I played basketball my whole life but I always played really physical. I fell in love with it and coaches told me that if I put all of my focus into football, I would have the potential to play in college."

Moses played defensive end for most of the year, but also got some experience at outside linebacker."I'm getting recruited as an outside linebacker and defensive end," said Moses. "It varies where, but I'll play either."

Despite having four schools thinking enough of him to offer, Moses said he wants to see if he can add some more this fall. "A lot of people are saying that they want to see another season out of me," said Moses. "That's the bummer about playing only one year."

Because of that, Moses said he doesn't have any immediate plans to make a decision. "I'll probably end up waiting until Signing Day to decide," said Moses. "I'm waiting to see what other offers I can get."

Moses said he was fully qualified.

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