California TE high on the Cougs

TIGHT END IS a position of need this recruiting class with Troy Bienemann graduating and seniors-to-be in Cody Boyd and Jesse Taylor next season. One California tight end prospect with a Cougar offer tripped to the Palouse this past weekend, and Mission Viejo's Trevor Mooney had plenty of things to say about his Washington State trip.

Mooney could not say enough good things about his official visit to Washington State.

"I liked the school a lot," said Mooney. "I thought it was a great campus...I just really liked the family atmosphere, the campus and the team."

The tight end clicked with several WSU players, including Troy Bienemann, Jed Collins and player host Jesse Taylor.

"He was real nice," said Mooney of Taylor. "It was nice too because he's a redshirt junior so he knew the ins and outs of (the school). I was able to talk to a lot of the tight ends and a few of the players I already knew, like Jed Collins. I talked to Troy Bienemann a lot and shoot, he tore his ACL -- he's a tough guy."

MOONEY WAS ALSO acutely aware of the double tight ends sets the Cougs used.

"They used their tight ends a bunch," said Mooney. "Just watching other teams... they're starting to really move away from the tight end and much more to the spread offense."

Despite the last second loss and a few less fans on hand with the Snoqualmie Pass rockslides, Mooney said game day in Pullman is something special.

"Even with a few fans less because of Veterans Day and the pass being closed, it was still actually a real good atmosphere and I liked it a lot," said Mooney.

WITH FIVE OFFERS under his belt -- Washington State, Oregon State, Oregon, Utah and San Diego State -- Mooney plans on taking a few more trips over the next few weeks, heading to Utah the weekend of Dec. 10 with Oregon also a possibility to get a visit.

The book on Mooney is that he's an exceptional blocker, contributing to a rushing attack in 2005 where the No. 1 back at Trabuco Hills High averaged 182.5 ground yards a game. He also has a very good pair of soft hands, but Trabuco Hills is a running team and he hasn't had many occasions to display his talent on the receiving end. That figures to change at the next level.

MOONEY CITED AS big selling points Robin Pflugrad, George Yarno and the entire Cougar coaching staff.

"I really liked the coaches," said Mooney. "It seemed like (Pflugrad) really knew his stuff, he's a technician. He seemed like he really cared a lot about his players...the entire coaching staff seemed that way. It just had the right energy and feel to it."

And Mooney had more praise for the coaches, mentioning their candor and how down to earth they were.

"Just watching closely during the game, hearing the stuff at halftime and after the game, you could tell they were (genuine)," said Mooney.

An exceptional student, Mooney has a 4.25 GPA on a 4.00 scale and scored a 1900 (scale 2400) on the new SAT. He plans to major in Pre-Med.

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