Notre Dame verbal commit Zeke Motta and his Vero Beach High teammates saw their season come to an end in the Region 2-6A state semifinals. A tough 28-13 loss to Royal Palm Beach capped a 9-3 season, and opened the door for Motta to take up on his invitation to play in this past weekend's Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl in Honolulu.
"Other than being in Hawaii and playing football, which are two pretty good things that go together, I'd say being around being some of the great players in the country in high school, and getting to meet with them, and talk with them and laugh with them, highlighted the trip," Motta explained.
Motta also got to win with them.
This past Friday night, the four-star safety/linebacker had roughly nine tackles in the Mainland's 22-8 victory over the Hawaii/Polynesia squad. Motta played both safety and SAM backer all week.
"It was great," Motta stated. "It was so much fun. It was a little rainy the last few days. It was one of the worst storms they've had in the last few years they said. Other than that, everything was pretty smooth and the game went well and I had fun."
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Motta will enroll early to Notre Dame for the spring semester. He is using this game, as well as the upcoming U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio as preparation for what he's going to see during spring practice with the Irish.
"It was just getting me ready," Motta said. "I can't wait.
"Just adapting to the speed of the game, and making faster reads and playing faster is what I'm going to have to get used to. I'm sure that's what's going to be going on at the Army All-American game."
"It was good," Motta said. "Me and Carlo got along because we were both defensive guys. I made friends with them and I made friends with everyone else that was there. I didn't try and just make friends with the guys going to Notre Dame."
Motta and Calabrese were on the field a lot together.
"I know he can fill, and as a middle linebacker he'll do good."
Evans play during practice and the game impressed Motta, whose father Bill helped coach the Mainland special teams and defensive backs. Bill Motta played linebacker at Auburn.
"I know he had a little injury out there, but nothing serious," Motta said of Evans. "From everything I saw, he's a great receiver."
Motta is expecting Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis for an in-school visit on Monday. Two weeks ago, Irish assistant coaches Corwin Brown and Bernie Parmalee were at his school.