6-foot-7, 270-pound Viane Moala of American Samoa is set to join Hawaii's D-Line

While the Hawaii men's and women's basketball teams are providing one of the most successful years in program history, WarriorSportsNetwork will also take a week-long look at future Warriors who look to bring the football program up to speed. Hawaii will have a big presence on the defensive line coming in from American Samoa this fall.

New Hawaii Head Coach Nick Rolovich got to tweet out “Hana Pa’a” twice for recruits from American Samoa in the 2016 class. One of the two is a big-time lineman, standing at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds - Viane Moala.

Moala was recruited by Idaho, Idaho State and Alcorn State, but decided on UH as his college destination. Hawaii had been in contact with him since his sophomore year, but Rolovich made a big push for the prospect after coming into the program.

He currently lives in American Samoa with his aunt, uncle and brother, but will soon be reunited with his parents who live in Hawaii.

“It’s going to be good, knowing that they are going to come watch my games, unlike before,” Moala said. “Staying here, they didn’t come because they were off the island."

Moala also decided on Hawaii because it was closest to home and he “wouldn’t get homesick.”

“I just have a feeling that Hawaii is the place to be," Moala said.

Moala, along with Scheyenne Sanitoa, officially visited Hawaii and soon decided to commit to the Warriors. Moala said one of the highlights of the visit was learning to surf. He proved he is agile as all 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds of him stood on the board.

“We went surfing on the first day,” Moala said. “It was my first time surfing. I know how to do it now.”

When it comes to the field, Moala is set to play on the defensive line. His size will make him an immediate presence on the team as no other current D-linemen quite compare.

“I think they’ll put me at D-end,” Moala said. “I like to hit people and tackle. I can’t wait to play there and that my family will come to watch.”

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