Last month three-star TE Ben Moos was being recruited by Washington State, Syracuse and Utah. It seemed like a foregone conclusion he would end up with the Cougars. He’s in Wazzu’s backyard at Pullman (WA) High. And he has a bit of a family connection. His dad, Bill Moos, is the Athletic Director there.
But in December he committed to Utah, surprising a few people. And now another surprise – Ben has decommitted. Moos has great size for a tight end. He’s 6’4″, 240 lbs. and a matchup problem for plenty of linebackers and defensive backs. He’s rated by ESPN as the 30th best tight end in the country, by 247 as the 62nd best. Either way, he’s garnered plenty of attention from major programs including Washington and Louisville.
So now does SU have a shot again? Moos originally chose Utah because they viewed him as a TE. WSU recruited him on defense early in the process as well.
“I knew I wanted to play offense,” he said. “That helped Utah, obviously.”
His head coach, Dan Lucier, told Syracuse.com: “I think what he’s really looking for is a place he can catch passes, but also put his hand down and block.”
Well, if Ben wants to catch passes, Syracuse is a pretty good spot. SU has no scholarship tight ends returning next season, so Moos would have an open shot at being one of the starters. No team in the country will continue to rely on the pass more than SU. The Orange had two players with over 90 receptions last year, and dropped 61 points in the season finale.
Moos also said conference was a big factor when he had committed to Utah, and the ACC has a damn good argument as the best league in the nation right now. SU has lost some talented players to bigger programs. It would be nice for SU to be on the receiving end. Speaking of receiving, if Moos wants to catch passes? SU should be a contender.