THE COUGS HAVE scored a big verbal commitment -- literally -- in the form of 6-foot-6 standout Trevor Mooney. There were enough schools calling his cell phone to melt a satellite the past few weeks but the long sought tight end out of Mission Viejo told CF.C moments ago he's made it official -- Mooney will be donning the crimson and gray next season.

Mooney, who held six offers, called tight ends coach Robin Pflugrad to tell him he was choosing Washington State over pitched competition and offers from Utah, Oregon, Oregon State and others.

"I did commit to Washington State," said Mooney. I just looked at what I had and what I had coming up. I figured I might as well just do it because it felt like I was just delaying the (inevitable)."

Mooney was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon State this coming weekend but he's cancelled it and that he's ended the recruiting process.

"I talked to Pflugrad, he was pretty pleased," said Mooney. "He was real happy."

In-home visits and phone calls were near constant themes for the Trabuco Hills High star for the past month or so. And the calls came especially fast and furious this last week from other schools making their final pitch but Mooney said his decision is solid -- he's a Coug.

FROM THE MOMENT he stepped foot on the WSU campus, Mooney said it just felt right. He clicked with several WSU players on his visit, including player host and fellow tight end Jesse Taylor, Jed Collins and Troy Bienemann.

"I liked the coaches," said Mooney. I liked the setting and probably the biggest part of the decision is how you like the players, the atmosphere. I really liked Washington State a lot, the most out of all the other schools."

Add to that playing big time college football in the Pac-10 and how the tight end fits into the Cougar offense. Much of WSU's offensive prowess has come when the tight end is clicking, and the double tight end sets made for monster success this past season both on the ground and through the air.

Mooney went on to say the program, quality of education and the school itself, when it was all tallied up, simply spelled: Washington State.

Utah, Oregon State and Oregon all made the decision difficult but the Cougs grabbed Mooney's top slot early and never relinquished it. Coaches George Yarno, who recruited Mooney, and Pflugrad, who will be tutoring Mooney over his college career, were major influences.

AN OUTSTANDING BLOCKER who helped pave the road for a 2,000 yard rusher, Mooney didn't have many opportunities to show off his receiving skills at Trabuco Hills -- but the book on him is that he owns a great set of hands and runs precise routes.

Mooney, leaning towards a Pre-Med major, 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 an exemplary 1900.

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