"The thing that really impressed me the most was how serious the players were preparing for the season. I feel that I am coming in the right time because this team is ready to turn this season around."
The 6-0 285 three-star defensive tackle tallied 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.
"When I watched game film with the (ASU) coaches," Moala recalled, "I liked how the defensive line played hard, fast and nasty. That's the same exact mentality we had in our high school. We just flew off the ball on every snap and did the same things and I think I would in that system very well."
"Moala is a compact interior lineman with great athleticism and flexibility," said Scott Kennedy, Director of Scouting for Scout.com. "He has a low center of gravity with a lot of weight through his hips and thighs. 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 had offers from Colorado, Colorado State, San Jose State and San Diego State among others. Miami and Notre Dame were showing interest very late in the recruiting process and the Hurricanes even hosted the defensive tackle on an official visit a couple of weekends ago.
"I didn't know that I was going to commit on my visit to Arizona State," Moala admitted. "But it came down to that I wanted to really play in the Pac-12. It's been crazy how so many teams came late on me. But I didn't feel like extending the process so I wanted to get everything out of the way and go with Arizona State."