Ben Moa Commitment A Mere Formality

Ben Moa wasn’t sure if or when the Boise State coaching staff was going to extend a scholarship offer. But midway through his second year at Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, Calif., the 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle wasn’t taking any chances.

Ben Moa has been diligently working in the classroom and on the field to give himself a chance of being able to join his little brother, David, in the City of Trees.

All of Moa’s blood, sweat and tears paid off as he was officially offered by Boise State a week ago. He committed on the spot, an act that was a mere formality.

“The coaches knew I was going to commit,” he said. “They didn’t ask if I was going to, they knew already. They just told me they had the scholarship ready for me.

“I’m excited. I didn’t see this one coming. I didn’t think they were going to offer so soon. I’m relieved and excited. I was walking campus here around smiling and people were looking at me. It felt good to have my coaches and teammates congratulate me. It’s great to know I’m going to pass my classes and finally play at Boise State.”

 The Blue and Orange Store

Moa said that defensive line coach Steve Caldwell called him to extend the offer, but that he wanted the future Bronco to talk to head coach Bryan Harsin first.

“Coach Harsin was lifting weights and breathing hard when I called,” Moa said. “He told me they had the scholarship for me. I just need to do my part to get up there.”

And Moa’s part is passing his classes with a 2.5 GPA, which he says shouldn’t be a problem. When he gets to campus in the summer, the Broncos coaching staff told Moa he will be redshirting his first season so as to make the transition to a 4-year university and Division I football easier. That plan will also provide depth for a defensive line that loses three senior scholarship defensive tackles in Tyler Horn, Justin Taimiatuia and Duece Mataele.

“Redshirting is the best option for me,” Moa said. “I am looking forward to learning from the experienced seniors. I’ve also heard my brother is doing really well up there.”

Moa says his plan is to continue on his current path, which includes studying and attending class on weekdays and terrorizing opposing quarterbacks on Saturdays. The goal, as it has been for the last two years, is to finally don the blue and orange alongside David.

“I was talking to my brother and some of my other future teammates,” Moa said. “They were telling me how excited they are for me and him to play together. I can’t wait to play with my other Bronco brothers as well.”


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