Chandler quarterback Mason Moran is next in line to become a college quarterback from a school that is starting to earn the nickname “Quarterback High.”
And he has yet to make a varsity start at the most important position on the football field.
Moran, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, who will be a senior, recently received an offer from Oregon State, which, according to coach Shaun Aguano, wants him as a quarterback.
That is the second Pac-12 school to offer Moran as a quarterback. Colorado also wants him to play that position.
So does Northwestern, which was at Chandler on Wednesday and is close to offering the 4.0 student.
All of this doesn’t surprise Aguano, who groomed him to be Bryce Perkins’ successor the last couple of years, while Moran played in the secondary.
On last season’s Division I state championship team, Moran made azcentral sports’ All-Arizona team at safety.
“He came to us as a quarterback,” Aguano said. “We knew he was competing with Bryce, who ultimately won out the position. Mason was one of the best athletes, so we put him at defensive back, while still working with him at quarterback. He was always ready to play.”
Even though he has no quality game film playing quarterback, Moran’s arm and athleticism this spring has impressed college coaches enough, Aguano said.
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Arizona State brings in Perkins this summer.
Before Perkins, there was Darell Garretson, who is now playing at Utah State.
Before Garretson was Brett Hundley, who had a good career at UCLA, before being taken by the Green Bay Packers in this spring’s NFL draft.
Moran already has taken an unofficial visit to Colorado and plans to take one soon to Oregon State.
Aguano said he expects Moran to commit early this summer.
Meanwhile, Chandler junior-to-be receiver Kolby Taylor recently received an Oregon State offer. He also has a 4.0 grade-point average, Aguano said.
“It’s going to take off,” Aguano said about Taylor’s recruitment.
He is the brother of former Arizona State wide receiver Kerry Taylor and former Chandler Hamilton receiver Kendyl Taylor, who has transferred from Washington to Northern Arizona.
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Oregon State also offered safety KJ Jarrell and offensive guard Kayden Lyles, both juniors-to-be at Scottsdale Saguaro. Lyles now has 17 offers.
Jarrell, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, has benefited from the colleges coming out to see senior-to-be cornerback Byron Murphy, who is up to 25 offers.
This is the domino recruiting effect that has hit Saguaro since D.J. Foster took off in 2010. That spring, colleges got to see a young Christian Kirk. That led to his huge recruiting. Kirk’s exposure led to Murphy’s recruiting taking off.
Now, it appears to be Jarrell’s turn. Jarrell has had four college offers in a week.
“That’s been a real positive for us, to have those big-time guys bringing coaches in,” coach Jason Mohns said. “Jarrell is a big, long safety, who has great instincts and can run. He has a great frame. He’s really developed. Anybody who has been out here, he jumps out to them.”
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