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WSU football recruiting: Ben Moos keeping his options open

The son of the Cougars' athletic director is keeping an open mind when it comes to his recruitment.

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Ben Moos, a two-way standout at Pullman High School, was brought up as an Oregon fan, where his father, Bill, was the athletic director for the better part of his childhood. A move back to the Palouse, however, quickly shifted his allegiances.

"I was born in Eugene when my dad was the athletic director at Oregon, so I grew up a fan there," Moos told last month. "He retired, then came back to work for Washington State, so I'm a Coug now."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound athlete, who plays tight end and defensive end for the Greyhounds, is regarded as one of the top 2017 prospects in the Northwest, holding offers Arizona State, Idaho, Louisville, Nevada and Washington State. Several schools are recruiting Moos as an athlete, though the Cougars envision Moos on defense.

"Washington State offered me kind of as a rush-side defensive end," Moos said in the TodaysU interview. "I'm not picky, I just like playing. I like the physical aspect of defense, just being able to smack the hell out of someone."

With his deep family connections to Washington State, it's easy to assume the Cougars would be the favorite to land the coveted three-star, and while that still might be the case, several school are recruiting Moos as a tight end, which he prefers.

"I love offense. I love offense a lot," Moos told following an unofficial visit to Oregon State last weekend. "Obviously having the ball in your hands with a chance to make something happen is special, but at the same time, it's fun to hit someone on defense. Right now, I'd say I like offense."

As a junior, Moos finished with 36 catches for 546 yards and five touchdowns and added six sacks on defense. Moos, listed by 247 Sports as a tight end, is ranked the No. 7 overall prospect in Washington and No. 37 tight end in the country by the 247 Sports Composite.

A handful of programs, including Washington, Oregon State, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon, have picked up interest in recent months and Moos is in the midst of a junior day tour in hopes of landing a few more offers. As for his recruitment, Moos is keeping his options open.

"Honestly, I'm just treating [the recruiting process] like a normal recruit -- that's one thing my dad is stressing to me a lot," Moos, whose older brother, Bo, played at Arizona State, told "That being said, I love Pullman and I love the staff. I want to treat it like any other recruit, just keep my mind open. As of right now [all schools] have an equal chance of being at the top at the end."