Our early choice as the top fullback prospect in the West region is Mission Viejo's (Calif.) Chane Moline. Moline attended UCLA's Junior Day Saturday and said he had a great time.
Moline, 6-1, 235 pounds was a 1st team all-state Underclass selection and also earned Student Sports Junior All-American honors last season. The 'Train' rushed for 1,872 yards and 38 touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 270 yards and two more scores.
We've been watching Moline play since his freshman season and it was evident right away he would be a future star. He's a tough, physical runner with better than average speed and as good a hands as any player in the state. Moline is dominant in passing league games because of his great pass catching ability and once he gets in to the open field, he rarely gets caught from behind.
Moline's first scholarship offer came from Mississippi which isn't surprising since new Rebel coach Ed Orgeron recruited the Orange County area while he was the recruiting coordinator at USC.
"Arizona, USC and UCLA have all offered as well," Moline said. "USC just called Coach (Bob) Johnson a few days ago to tell him they had an offer coming for me and Konrad (Reuland). I think they wanted to make sure I knew about the offer before going to UCLA's Junior Day because they mentioned something about it.
"I had a really good time today and hung out a lot with Coach E.B (Eric Bieniemy). He told me they're really building something there and have the foundation set to be a successful program. I just like the atmosphere there a lot and growing up, UCLA was always the school I liked. Having my brother Chase there, that helps a little, I mean we've lived in the same room together since I was born but ultimately, I have to do what is going to be best for me."
Moline said all the schools are currently recruiting him as a running back/fullback and he's fine with any role a team has for him.
"Obviously I want to carry the ball a little but I can block and I can catch too," Moline said. "I'll do whatever a team wants me to do. I see myself as kind of a Manuel White (former UCLA RB) type back because I can play some fullback and some one back too. I was going to tell Coach EB that I was going to be the next Manuel White but I decided not to because I didn't know if it would sound arrogant or silly or something.
"Right now, I have no plans to commit early. I want to take my trips after my high school season is over. I don't know if I'll have time to take all five because hopefully we're going to go deep in the playoffs again but I know I want to take at least two or three. I won't take any during the season. I want my whole focus to be on our team so I think I'll probably end up committing somewhere in mid January."