California TE tripping to Pullman

ATHLETIC DIVERSITY is critical when recruiting a college tight end. The position will always be tough to fill since a good TE excels in three different areas -- pass catching, run blocking and pass protection. Add in that most who play tight end in college star elsewhere on the high school field and it becomes that much more difficult a task to identify potential. Mission Viejo's Trevor Mooney is one who has recently been jumping onto the radar of Pac-10 schools and beyond.

Mooney's stats don't leap off the page but it's clear plenty of schools are very interested in the 6-6, 240-pound tight end from Trabuco Hills High.

He holds offers from Utah and San Diego State and could be on the verge of a few more given the considerable interest coming his way of late. Washington State, Arizona, Utah and Fresno State are among those recruiting the hardest over the last month. Oregon State, Oregon, Colorado, Colorado State Villanova and Idaho are all lurking.

"Oregon State is another school I've gotten a lot of phone calls from -- Oregon State and Oregon," said Mooney.

A number of schools are trying to set up official visits with Mooney. Most of his trips will likely come after his senior season but he has set up one official to date, to Washington State the weekend of November 11 to watch WSU take on Oregon. Offensive line coach George Yarno is recruiting Mooney for the Cougs.

"He's a pretty cool guy," said Mooney. "I like coach Yarno from Washington State and I like coach Roderick from Utah. I'm pretty wide open, though." Mooney went on to say he hopes to hear more from Stanford and some of the Ivy League schools over the next few months.

In a position coach at the next level, Mooney hopes to tutor under someone who will stay on him but at the same time, someone he can develop a relationship with that will continue after his playing days are over.

Mooney said he would "probably prefer" to stay relatively close to home but that he could even decide to head east to a 1-AA school for educational purposes, and so distance won't be the overriding factor.

Quality of education is first and foremost for Mooney when considering which school he'll attend. He is leaning towards Pre-Med for his major. Mooney is an exceptional student, with a 4.25 GPA on a 4.00 scale at Trabuco Hills. On a 2400 scale on the new SAT, he scored 1900.

TRABUCO HILLS has run the ball about 65 percent of the time through the first five games this year. Mooney's run blocking has contributed to a rushing attack where the No. 1 back has averaged 243.5 ground yards a game. Mooney gets the ball thrown his way occasionally, and has five catches for about 85 yards.

Last season, he had 10 receptions for 167 hashes. He also plays defensive end for Trabuco Hills, but his calling at the next level looks to be at tight end.

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