Vilaimi Moala Taking It All In

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive tackle Viliami Moala, a five-star prospect by Scout.com and the West's top defensive tackle, talks about his timetable for a decision and his visit schedule...

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive tackle Viliami Moala and his Pacer teammates have put out two impressive games in their first two contests.

For Moala, he's just glad to be back on the football field, after a long offseason, one that ended too soon for Grant.

"All year long our coaches said '1-yard line' because we got stopped at the 1-yard line against Rocklin and lost (in the CIF-SacJoaquin playoffs)," said Moala. "We're taking it out on teams now."

Which isn't fun for opposing offensive lines, who are having a hard enough time blocking the five-star defensive tackle as it is, but now throw in a chip on the 6-2, 315-pound Moala's shoulder and it's making for some long nights.

Calls from college coaches are also making for some long evenings for Moala, who's phone has been ringing non-stop since September 1st.

"Pretty much the whole Pac-10 called me and I talked to Alabama, Florida and LSU too," said Moala. "I've talked with USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington in the Pac-10. Coach Tedford and I talked the other day. USC is probably recruiting me the hardest though with Coach O (Ed Orgeron) and Coach (Clay) Helton."

Moala has offers spanning the whole country, what you'd expect from the best tackle prospect in the region.

But recruiting hasn't overwhelmed him yet.

"It just showed me I worked hard to get to this part, but I just love to play football, so I don't let it get to my head," said Moala.

Moala visited Arizona State earlier this month, his first official trip, going with three Grant teammtes, Daryl Paulo, Faigame Lopa and James Sample.

"We honestly would all play together in college if it worked out," said Moala. "Arizona State was a good trip. I really liked the heat there and they have a good education program. The coaches showed us their study hall and their education rooms and the tutoring you get. That moved them on my list."

Moala's next visit will take him to Washington this weekend, and he's also planning to visit the three SEC schools recruiting him.

"I'll probably just take unofficial visits to Cal, USC and UCLA," said Moala. "I don't really know what weekends I can go though because of our schedule. I want to have a long season."

Moala and the unbeaten Pacers, ranked #1 in Northern California, face Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln this weekend.


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