Lots of early attention for Mooney

Last year, the state of Washington was light on talented linebacker prospects. That isn't the case this year and O'Dea LB Allen Mooney might be the best of the bunch. He wracked up huge tackle numbers even though he missed three games and he recently took in the junior day event held at Montlake. He talked about his time on campus as well as what lies ahead this spring and summer.

"It was a lot of fun up there," Mooney said about his Sunday afternoon spent on Washington's campus. "We got to meet with the coaches and talk with our position coaches a little bit. I really like coach (Chris) Tormey and I think he's a really good coach.

"They were really welcoming to us and the fact that I already have some friends who are going there made things that much more fun."

As a junior, Mooney, along with future Husky Johri Fogerson, helped lead the O'Dea Irish to the 3A State Championship game where they eventually lost a nail-biter to Skyline.

Mooney missed three games with a troublesome groin injury, but still managed to post 106 tackles and three forced fumbles.

"I love playing in the middle," Mooney said. "It just puts you right there, in the middle of the action and you just stare down the running back and the quarterback and you let them know every play they are going to get hit and it's never going to stop.

"I can play outside or inside, but I prefer to play inside because you control things in there and I like to be in control."

On the recruiting front, besides Washington, Mooney is also hearing from Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State and Illinios.

"Washington, Stanford and Oregon are the main three contacting me," Mooney said. "I'd say U-Dub is right up there at the top of the schools that I like, but I really like Arizona State too.

"I'm from Texas originally, so I really like the weather down there and if they offered that would be tough to pass up.

"They have a really good program and they have some really good coaches there and I just like the system they run because it's really aggressive."

This spring and summer Mooney's schedule will be filled with camps and combines to show schools and coaching staffs what he has to offer them.

"I'll be at the Washington camp as well as the Oregon NIKE camp that they are having in Eugene," Mooney said. "Other than that, I am open to going to any football camp, but those are the two I'm definitely hitting."

Mooney claims a 315 pound bench press, a 425 pound squat and he ran a 4.63 last summer during testing.

We'll continue to follow his progress as the recruiting season picks up again this spring and update things as they change.

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