Moala gets ASU offer

He was a defensive standout for one of the best high school programs in California, but the recruiting attention David Moala was receiving was slow to come. In the last few days that has all changed. The 6-0 285 three-star defensive tackle visited Miami this past weekend and his latest offer is from Arizona State, and he is scheduled to officially visit Tempe this weekend.

"I'm very happy that I got the offer from Arizona State," Moala admitted. "It's great that I will have an opportunity to play defense there. Coach Erickson is a great coach and it would be great to play for that program. They (Arizona State) have been keeping in contact with me lately and I talked to coach Burns and the offensive line coach (Grady Stretz) and they said that they wanted me to come for a visit.

"I saw some of their games this year and they looked like a very fast defense that would be fun to play for. That defense goes out there and just flies to the ball all the time and I like that and I would love to play there."

As a senior Moala registered 91 tackles and 18.5 sacks for the 14-1 Cavaliers and also returned his lone interception 30 yards for a score. Serra captured the CIF Southern Section championship and their lone defeat on the year was to Folsom in the state championship.

"We came off a 15-0 season and everybody was talking how it was all about the seniors that were here last year," Moala stated. "So people thought we were a one year wonder and didn't think that this year's seniors could have the same season. We had a lot of experience coming back from last year. Unfortunately, we came up a little short losing the last game of the season. But all great teams lose and we had a great season."

Moala considers himself an athletic player that has room for improvement.

"I have great hands, great footwork and I am quick off the ball," Moala said. "I just need to work on strength and quickness before I get to college so I can play right away."

Scott Kennedy, Director of scouting for sees the Serra defensive tackle as a compact interior linemen with great athleticism and flexibility.

"He has low center of gravity with a lot of weight through his hips and thighs," Kennedy said. "Very agile player who is light on his feet and quick off the ball. Can get good penetration with his quickness and first step off the ball. Height may concern some, but Moala is an active, athletic interior defensive line prospect."

Moala does have offers from Colorado, Colorado State, San Jose State and San Diego State among others.

"Miami didn't offer me when I went there on the visit," Moala commented. "They told me that they just want to evaluate all the defensive tackles they are recruiting and see who they want to offer. They said they could possibly offer me Wednesday, Thursday."

"Arizona State is my leader and I could see myself committing on the visit. I'm looking for a great football atmosphere and going somewhere that I really could see myself living at for four years and liking it even if I wasn't playing football.

"I feel like Arizona State is a place like that."

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