Tight end Mooney weighing options

WITH THE FINAL days of 2005 at hand, more and more of the undecided prospects are beginning to laser-focus on where they're going to spend the next four to five years of their lives. Washington State would like to take a pair of tight ends in the 2006 recruiting class and has already signed a junior college standout. One of the Cougars' other targets weighs in on where the process stands for him.

Trevor Mooney, a highly sought tight end out of Mission Viejo, Calif., might be getting close.

"It's probably going to be in the next week or two," said Mooney. "I don't really have anything to wait on, so there's no point really. I'm going to talk to some people over the break."

Mooney's frontrunners, in no particular order, are Washington State, Utah, Oregon State and Oregon. Besides those four, he holds additional offers from Colorado State and San Diego State.

In-home visits for Mooney have been fast and furious ever since schools were first allowed to come in to a recruit's living room a few weeks back. Both the position coaches and head coaches from just about every school listed above have stopped by the Mooney household as have others, including Arizona.

MOONEY TALKED TO tight ends coach Robin Pflugrad Wednesday and has received some text messages from Utah this week. He said he'll probably talk to the Utah coaches in a few days and that his conversation with Pflugrad went very well, clearing up some questions he had on Washington State.

Mooney has made official trips to Washington State (11/11), Oregon (12/2), and Utah (12/16). He had planned on tripping to Arizona Dec. 9 but wasn't able to make it to Tucson, although he might still try to get down there sometime next month.

He also has an official scheduled for Jan. 13 to Oregon State. Although he hasn't tripped to OSU, he said he has a good idea of the program at Oregon State and for coach Mike Riley.

Whenever he does make his verbal commitment, be it next week or sometime in January, one thing is for certain.

"It's still going to be tough," said Mooney.

COMING OUT OF Trabuco Hills High, Mooney is an outstanding blocker who didn't have many opportunities to show off his receiving skills -- but the book on him is that he also owns a great set of hands.

An exceptional student with a 4.25 GPA on a 4.00 scale at Trabuco Hills, Mooney scored a 1900 (scale 2400) on the new SAT.

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