Ben Moos finds something new at WSU, son of AD tells CF.C

BEN MOOS HAS been to Washington State more times than he count, his father Bill after all has been the athletic director there the past six years. But the younger Moos, a 6-3, 240-pounder out of Pullman High with a pair of Pac-12 offers, still found something new during his visit to WSU this past weekend during the Cougs’ junior day.

“It’s always fun going there because I get to meet some of the other guys that are being recruited,” Moos told CF.C. “And it was fun to just get to check out the facilities and talk with the coaches, to check things out more in depth.”

One of those coaches was area recruiter and first-year outside receivers coach Dave Nichol.

“I met him for the first time on Saturday and it was good to sit down with him – he’s a really good guy,” said Moos. “He’s fun to talk with and has a good sense of humor. I like him.”

That’s long been the case for Moos and another WSU assistant – d-line coach Joe Salave'a.

“I love coach Salave’a, he’s one of my favorites,” said Moos.

Moos holds offers from WSU, Arizona State, Louisville, Nevada and Idaho. (His brother Bo was a Sun Devil [2007-11] and became a starter his senior season). Ben has also been hearing increasingly from Oregon State and Hawaii.

Moos is classified as a tight end on but WSU doesn’t have a tight end in their base – so where would Moos line up were he to come to WSU?

“It was fun because I actually got to discuss that with Mike Leach, where they see me playing,” said Moos. “They see me either.. at defensive end -- a rush-type, hand-up, three-type kind of guy, or possibly at tight end.

“Leach was talking to me about how he’s had three tight ends he thought were true tight ends. Two went to the NFL, one at Tech and one at Kentucky,” said Moos, who went on to say he could be flexed out, such as at the Y in WSU's Air Raid, while also play some snaps in the traditional three-point tight end stance.

Moos, who said he’s “more interested in offense at this point,” caught 36 passes for 546 yards in nine games as a junior, with 4 TDs. Defensively, he had 30 solo tackles among his 41 stops, including 7 tackles-for-loss.

“I think WSU likes my fundamentals, the fact that I can do a little bit of everything,” said Moos. “On defense, they think I’m raw but with the athleticism to make an impact.”

Moos is headed down to Utah this weekend for its junior day, with a couple more trips to schools this spring and summer yet to be finalized.

“I like Arizona State a lot… but the people who offered me have moved on to Memphis so my relationship with that staff is (ongoing),” said Moos.

Moos said he’s not in any hurry to make his decision.

“I was thinking probably after I take my officials, probably sometime in mid-January, possibly on Signing Day,” he said.


Edmonds-Woodway defensive end Ali Gaye received an offer from Washington State on Monday.Gaye, a 6-5, 230-pounder, took an unofficial visit to WSU on Saturday for the Cougs' junior day. In addition to WSU, he holds offers from Cal, Idaho and others.

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