Moala switches Pac 12 pledge

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Poasi Moala gave a commitment to Washington during the Huskies Rising Stars Camp last summer. The tackle prospect decided to stay closer to home and committed to UCLA earlier today.

Poasi Moala had an impressive spring and summer and saw his recruitment heat up in a big way. Washington had been a long time leader and it was always expected Moala would committed to the Huskies at their summer camp.

Just a week prior to the camp, the lineman camped with UCLA and the Bruins offered a few days later. Moala made no secret that his family preferred for him to stay local but he went ahead and committed to the Huskies at their summer camp.

There was a lot of speculation that Moala would eventually flip to the Bruins and that happened Saturday afternoon. The tackle attended the UCLA-Oregon State game at the Rose Bowl and committed just before kickoff.

"It's kind of a dream come true for me and my whole family," Moala said. "UCLA is the local school and I've always wanted to go there. My family wanted me stay close to home but location wasn't the only reason I liked UCLA.

"I like Coach Klemm, the OL coach a lot and UCLA has a good football program. It's a great academic school and I'm comfortable there. I have a cousin at USC, Junior Pomee, and he's always talking about how great it is to play in front of your family and friends and how you can come home whenever you want."

Don't expect the Huskies to give up on Moala and there is still a lot of time between now and Signing Day next February. Another thing to watch closely is Moala is very close with his teammate and fellow UW commit Demorea Stringfellow. The Bruins are making a strong push for Stringfellow as well, although he has said his commitment to the Huskies is rock solid at the moment.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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