El Camino's Lyle Moevao: SoCal #1 QB?

Despite being a three-year starter at North Torrance (Calif.) High, quarterback Lyle Moevao (6-0, 225) was stuck running a ground-oriented offense, stunting his growth as a quarterback and sending him on the JC route. (Photo: Diana Cornejo)

Consider it a wise decision.

"I'm happy with my choice to go to a JC," said Moevao, who started at El Camino last fall as a freshman.  "It allowed me to touch up on my skills."

Finally able to unleash his throwing prowess, Moevau went off in 2005, throwing for 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns against only nine interceptions, completing 66% of his passes and ending with a 175 quarterback rating.

He finished the season leading El Camino to a win over Riverside in the National Bowl and was named second team all-Mission Conference and an honorable mention JC all-American.

With that productive year under his belt, Moevao is starting to receive interest from a quartet of Western suitors: Hawaii, Utah, Washington, Oregon State.

"I'm hearing the most right now from Hawaii," said Moevao.  "I'm kind of waiting for this fall to see what I have available.  Some schools are waiting for the combine, some are waiting for the season.  I should have more options then."

Moevao would have been a full qualifier out of high school, and will be done with his A.A. in December, allowing him to sign then and be practicing with his new school come spring.

"I'm thinking about going wherever and redshirting so I can learn the offense," Moevao said.  "I don't have a favorite, I'm quite open.  Being close to home would be good, but it wouldn't be a factor.  I'm going to choose the school I fit into the most."

Next month, Moevao will be at the JCFootball.com Combine at Citrus College in Glendora.

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