This is a very strong year for tight ends, and none is as athletic as El Dorado (Calif.) Oak Ridge's Ryan Moya. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder has already made one official visit and could make just two more before it’s decision time.
Moya doesn’t have the prototype size as some of the other elite tight ends in the region, but he more than makes up for it with his freakish combination of speed and strength.
At the NorCal Nike Camp, Moya tested off the charts and had the third highest SPARQ Rating in the entire camp behind only Arizona lineman Ekom Udofia and Nevada linebacker Ryan Reynolds. Moya clocked a 4.59 in the 40 on a thick, wet grass surface, did 39 reps on the bench and jumped 30 inches in the vertical. He also caught every ball we saw in the position drill and really established himself as one of the top tight ends in the entire country.
Moya took his first official visit to Boise State earlier this month and kept away raving about it.
“It was awesome,” Moya said. “I had a great time, the city of Boise really surprised me. It’s a great place to play and I really fit in well there with the coaches and players. They have a great offense and I love how they throw the ball a lot and get the ball down the field. I liked even more than I thought I would and I can definitely see myself playing there next year.”
Next up for Moya will be an official visit to UCLA (Nov. 6) when the Bruins take on Washington State and he’s also set a visit to Cal for (Nov. 19) when the Bears host Stanford.
“I was actually supposed to go to the Cal- UCLA game two weeks ago but then they changed the time of the game from 12:30 to the late afternoon and I couldn’t make it,” Moya said. “I wanted to go so bad because those are two of my favorite teams but I had a prior commitment that night. I’m going to the Cal-ASU game this weekend but that will be just an unofficial visit.
“I was set to take an official visit to Northwestern this weekend but that kind of fell through. Most school require you to have 14 core classes but Northwestern requires 16 and I have 15 so we had to cancel it. I’m also looking at Oregon but it’s already getting kind of late in the process and I’m not sure if I’ll take any other visits after the visit to Cal. I’m trying to talk Syd Thompson in to visiting with me that same weekend because we’ve gotten to be pretty good friends.
“Right now, the main two factors for me are where I think I’ll fit in the best with the teams offense and who gives me the best chance to win. I’ve already looked at everything from coaches, to academics, tradition, all that and I’m happy with the schools I have on my list. The trips will really help me to see how I fit in though and that will be the deciding factor for me.”