May 31, 2011

Mooney excited about new offer

Malvern (Pa.) Malvern Prep has not been known as a football power house, but Syracuse University does have a quarterback on their roster from the school. Now the Orange are back looking for a quarterback protector in the form of offensive tackle Michael Mooney.

Mooney, 6-foot-5, 265 pounds has recently jumped into the recruiting world in a big way with offers from schools like East Carolina, Northwestern, and Purdue. Syracuse followed those schools last week.

"Syracuse offered me on Thursday night. Coach [Greg] Adkins called me I was very excited because it's a great school academically and they're in the Big East. They also have a quarterback there now that is from Malvern.

Not only did Mooney talk with offensive line coach Greg Adkins, but he spoke with another coach as well.

"It was actually Doug Marrone that made the offer Coach Adkins put him on the phone and he said they were very excited about my film and wanted to offer me a scholarship,"

There was however a long gap in communication that left Mooney thinking about Syracuse before the new of the offer came.

"Coach Adkins came into school in April and then I didn't talk to him until he called me on Thursday."

The Keystone State prospect was very pleased with the offer and when he thinks about the Orange two things jump in his head.

"When I think about Syracuse I think about the Carrier Dome and that they are in the Big East."

A visit to Syracuse has not been taken yet, but he does plan one for the coming month.

"I haven't been there yet but I plan to get up there in June. I haven't set a date yet," Mooney said. "On my trip I just want to feel comfortable with the coaching staff."

With Ryan Nassib being a current member of the Orange Mooney will have a valuable resource in learning about Syracuse, but he has not used Nassib yet.

"I have not talked with Ryan yet, but I do plan on speaking with him very soon."

As it stands right now Mooney has offers from the likes of Northwestern, Purdue, East Carolina, Tulane, Villanova, Delaware, and Towson. He also thinks two other schools could join the mix soon.

"I think Virginia or Georgia Tech could be the next schools to offer."

As far as a decision goes one should happen in the next couple of months as he told's Mike Farrell.

"I hope to by the start of the season, but I don't want to rush anything," said Mooney, who also discussed what he is looking for in a school. "I'm looking for a school with good academics that competes at a high level for football, and a team that I feel comfortable with."

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