The Bears picked up their first prototype tight end since the Tedford era today with the commitment and signing of 6-4/240 Pullman (Pullman, WA) tight end Ben Moos today in a ceremony at his high school.
The 3 star Moos combines the tough blocking skills and solid hands new Cal head coach Justin Wilcox and offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin were looking to add to their offensive mix with the Bears.
"I kind of went to bed last night pretty conflicted about where I was going to end up but I woke up this morning and my gut was telling me to go down play for Coach Wilcox and Coach Baldwin at Cal," said Moos.
"I knew who Coach Baldwin with him being so close at Eastern (Washington) and all the accomplishments he had as a coach.
"Both he and Coach Wilcox are both awesome. I think the world of them and that whole staff."
The fact that Cal's new offensive direction includes using a more traditional tight end than they've used in recent years was a draw to the all-state tight end and when Cal expressed interest in Moos, it didn't take long before the interest was reciprocated and an official visit arranged.
"A huge reason I decided to go to Cal was their plans for utilization of the tight end and what they're planning to do with it," said Moos. "Coach Baldwin and I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what his plans were when I was down there. They're planning to incorporate at least one tight end a lot of them time and sometimes two, to be able to flex one out and have them contribute in the passing and running game. That was really enticing."
Moos's dad Bill is the athletic director at Washington State and it was his move to Eastern Washington after moving on from his previous position at Oregon that connected Moos and his future Cal teammate, Evan Weaver.
"After my dad was at Oregon, we ended up living in Spokane for a little bit and that's when I played on the same team with Evan. He's actually one of my closest friends. Having him on the team and being able to continue to suit up and play with him will be awesome.
"We both are very aggressive players and hate to lose a rep. That started way back when we went against each other at a young age.
"I think my biggest strength -a lot of tight ends want to flex flex out and run routes and be flashy, but I really pride myself on being able to put my hand in the dirt and move people out of the way and get some impact going in the running game."
“Ben is just the type of player we are looking for in our offensive schemes," said head coach Justin Wilcox. "He is a big body that has the ability to both
block and catch the ball as a tight end as evidenced by the big receiving numbers he put up in high school. We’re
excited that Ben has decided to come to Cal and help us build our offensive identity.”