Cerritos defensive tackle David Moala is trying to make the most of his second football life after being dismissed from the Arizona State football team in May of 2012 for fighting by new coach Todd Graham.
"I got dismissed for fighting," Moala said in a prior interview with Scout.com. "I was just too immature to handle things when I was there. I made some bad decisions and I was made an example of by coach Graham because he had a zero-tolerance policy.
"It's the best thing that could have happened to me. It made me take a look at myself and the decisions I was making and it made me grow up."
Moala is focused on getting his grades in order right now — "If I don't get school done, nothing matters," he told AllCyclones.com — but is entertaining visitors from Iowa State and Cincinnati.
"Todd Sturdy and defensive coordinator [Wally Burnham] came to visit me [last week]," Moala said. "And Cincinnati is on his way to visit with me today (Monday)."
Moala said Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads is visiting in California this week, and that he'll take official visits in January and has two years to play two.
Coming out of Junipero Serra (CA) High in 2011, Moala was rated as the No. 92 defensive tackle and a three-star recruit.
The 6-foot-1, 285-pound Moala has offers from Iowa State, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Houston and Hawaii.