Moeakiola mulling his options

Laiu Moeakiola has been a UCLA pledge since October, but even an official visit to the Bruins last weekend didn't clear up his recruiting picture. When you add on a successful visit to Arizona State and another potential suitor from his home state of Texas, it's easy to see why the Euless (Tex.) Trinity safety isn't close to a resolution yet.

"I liked it a lot," Laiu Moeakiola said of his visit. "It was really more than I expected. The people were very nice, the coaching staff brings a new attitude and more structure to the team and that is what they need. I've known coach (Mike) Norvell ever since he was at Tulsa, and he recruited me when he was at Pitt, so I knew him throughout all of this process.

"I can see myself playing there along with my cousin (and current Arizona State defensive tackle) David Moala. That's a big plus. He's saying to me ‘I'm not going to pressure you' (laughs) but yeah he's been telling me all the time how much he wants me to come there." offered this evaluation of the 6-0 195-pound Moeakiola.

Moeakiola is a big-bodied safety who will come in and put his hat in on many tackles. He is not afraid to come in full steam and lay the wood. He is the perfect candidate to play that 'rover' type of position in college or he could possibly even grow in to a linebacker in time. He is able to manhandle many of the ball carriers in high school, but needs to keep working hard to wrap up more consistently.

"The (ASU) coaches feel that I can bring a certain quality to the team," the safety remarked. "I can do a good job of reading the defense and being a leader out there. They also said I'm a smart and physical player."

In terms of a timetable for his decision, it appears likely that Moeakiola may not know his college destination until much closer to the February 1st signing day.

"Right now I'm not going to decommit (from UCLA) or commit," Moeakiola explained. "I'm going to wait until it's time to sign and take it from there. I might go visit Baylor this weekend, but I'm not sure yet. Me and my family are going to talk about it, pray about it, and see what goes on from there.

"I just feel very blessed to have all these opportunities out there and see what each school has to offer. I'm looking for a school with a good environment, good coaching staff, a program that I would love to play for four years and one that my family can come watch me play."

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