As temperatures get cooler outside, Utah’s recruiting continues to heat up. On Sunday morning, the Utes added their fourth commitment in a week - this one coming from tight end Ben Moos.
After enjoying an official visit in Salt Lake City over the weekend, Moos made his commitment public and had nothing but great things to say about his experience with the Utes. “It was nice getting down there and actually being around the guys,” he said. “I’ve been down to Utah for Junior Day, but this was a special opportunity. Just being with the guys, seeing how they treat one another, and then talking with coaches about what the plans are for me in the program, it was great.”
Moos actually has a few family ties within the Pac-12 Conference. His father Bill Moos, is currently the Athletic Director at Washington State. While his older brother Bo played defensive line at Arizona State from 2007-2011. Did that play any sort of role in Moos’ decision? “Of course. You kind of get those comments at family get togethers about going to their school, but my dad has been especially supportive, not even as an AD but as a father,” Moos said. “He pulled me aside this morning and said he that he gave me his blessing and that he felt I made the right choice, which was a good feeling.”
The Utah coaching staff has done a great job in Moos’ recruitment, Coach Fred Whittingham built a strong relationship with him, but it was the staff as a whole that sealed the deal for Utah. “The exact point I knew I wanted to commit was at dinner Saturday night. We were all together, recruits and coaches, and I was watching Coach Shah playing around with one of the other coach’s kids and I could tell this place really was family. That's when I knew this was the place for me.”
That wasn’t all, Moos really likes his fit with Utah not only as a player but as a person as well. “Getting to be around the guys, and hearing their perspectives, they all raved about the coaching staff and their experience here. I spent a lot of time with Scott Peck, who I actually grew up playing basketball with, and it was good to catch up with him. He’s loved it here. I loved being around the guys, I thought I fit in really well,” he said.
With Moos' commitment secured, the Utes added a good versatile player. At 6-foot-4 inches and 230 pounds, Moos is a rugged and talented tight end. He’s a pretty fluid athlete, while also bringing toughness and a special tenaciousness when blocking. He’s a true throwback at the position, as a guy that can both block and catch.
“I’m 230 pounds right now, and they see me around 250 pounds and contributing a lot at the H-back spot as a run blocker," he said. "I’ll need a good year of development in route running to get better separation and then I’ll be able to contribute more in the pass game. As a player, I feel I can come in contribute doing things like blocking and those little things first, doing whatever the coaches ask of me, and then just growing as a player.”
As has been the case with other commitments, Moos is excited about being a Ute and wants to be an influence on the remainder of the Utes' 2017 recruiting class as well. “I’m going to be recruiting the hell out of these guys. A guy I’m going to be working on specifically is Jax (Wacaser) from Saguaro High School. He’s a beast. Then of course, I’ve talked with Ty (Jones) and Tayler (Katoa) both, and whoever else I can recruit so we can make this a special class,” he explained.
After a special experience over the weekend, Moos is 99% sure Utah is the place for him. He does have three more official visits lined up in the month of January that he plans to take, but he doesn't think any of them will be able to make an impact. “It’s going to take a miracle to get me to flip, I just want to be 100% positive this is the place for me, which I’m confident it is,” he said.