Moya Opening it Up More

Ryan Moya

The tight end from El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge, <b>Ryan Moya</b>, had two leaders just a short time ago, but now more schools have offered, including his mom's alma mater...

A busy summer filled with camps was well worth it for El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge tight end Ryan Moya ( 6-2, 235).

Moya racked up 9 offers after attending four team camps and one Nike Camp (at Stanford), and said he expects some others to be on the way.

"I thought I did good at all of the camps I was at. It was good for me to go and prove myself as one of the best players," said Moya.

His offers are from UCLA, California, Fresno State, Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV, Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana.

"IU just offered me last week. My mom went to school there, all her side did, and my grandpa still lives out there. We have a history there."

Though he said earlier in the summer UCLA and Cal were his two leaders, Moya says he now is pretty wide open.

He said: "I'm keeping it open for now. Anyone can jump in the picture. My top schools probably are the ones I have offers from, but anyone can jump in there. There are some schools who haven't offered that could and it would change the top five, so I'm open for now."

Those schools who have kept in contact with Moya but not offered yet include Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Duke and USC.

"Most of those schools didn't talk to me early on, but then I went to the camps and now they are," he said.

While some had recruited him as a linebacker, Moya is set on playing tight end in college. "I'm a playmaker, and I'm set on playing tight end when I get to college. I'll play linebacker this year, but not when I go to college. I want to make plays, score touchdowns. I can block and catch, but I feel I am at my best making plays."

As a junior, Moya had 39 receptions for 663 yards and 8 touchdowns for Oak Ridge, who has won the Section title the past two years.

"We're looking for another one," he said. "We're looking real good for next year. We have a good young quarterback, a linebacker committed to Fresno State and a safety who is under the radar but is good. We want to make it a three-peat."

For now, Moya is focusing on winning a third championship, holding off recruiting until mostly after his season: "I mean, I think about it all the time, but I am focusing on the season. After the season, I'll take my five trips. I want to see what the seasons are like for the teams. Some schools have good campuses but their program I have questions on. Some schools have good programs, but I don't know about their campus. I want to make sure I know before I decide."

Moya has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 980 on his SAT, qualifying him by NCAA standards, though he has plans to take the SAT again.

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