Moala Focused On Pac-10 Schools

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive tackle Viliami Moala has seven schools still on list, all from the Pac-10, including UCLA...

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive tackle Viliami Moala had his season come to an end much sooner than he was hoping.

Expected by many to return to the CIF State Bowl Game, Grant was stunned by Folsom, a team they had routed earlier in the year, in the CIF-SacJoaquin Section finals.

That pushed Moala into focusing on his recruitment much quicker than he anticipated, and even after two weeks, the sting hasn't gone away.

"It hurts man, it hurts," said Moala. "We thought we'd be playing this weekend."

Instead, Moala has been hosting numerous college coaches at his house, and finalizing his visit plans for next month.

The five-star tackle, ranked second nationally at his position, has taken official visits to Washington, Arizona and USC and plans to take his final two trips when he returns from playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

"I'm going to Oregon State next month and then my last trip, I think I'm going to go to Oregon," said Moala. "I probably won't visit Cal officially because I've been there so many times."

Moala said he's focusing on a host of Pac-10 schools, with two standing out.

"I'm still looking at Cal, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA," said Moala. "Cal and USC are my top schools. They're recruiting me the hardest right now."

Moala has had five in-home visits already.

"Coach (Tosh) Lupoi and Coach (Jeff) Tedford came from Cal, Coach (Clay) Helton came from USC, Coach Mills from Washington came, Coach (Mike) Riley and Coach (Joe) Seaumalo came from Oregon State and Coach (Clark) Lea and Coach (Todd) Howard from UCLA came," said Moala. "Oregon and Arizona State are coming next month."

Moala and four of his Pacers teammates are being heavily recruited, and early talk about all playing together is starting to fall by the wayside.

"We just talked this week about how it's doubtful we'll all end up at the same school," said Moala. "But we'll all still be in the same conference, it will be just as good."

Moala said that the process hasn't started weighing on him yet.

"It's still an honor to be recruited by so many great schools," said Moala. "I get to play in the Army Game with a lot of great players and with James (Sample) for the last time. Coach (Mike) Albergheni will be coming down and we're the first players from Grant to ever make it. It's been a fun time."

Moala said he has targeted a time for when he'll make his announcement.

"I'll decide after my visits and probably decide on Signing Day, but I could decide before then, maybe even at the Army Game," said Moala.

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