Moala Confident in Switch

After defeating Riverside (Calif.) JW North 34-13, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Poasi Moala discussed his commitment to UCLA, his relationship with Washington, and more...

Riverside (Calif.) JW North hosted Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde on Thursday night and it was the latter who came through with the 34-13 win.

Mustangs' offensive lineman Poasi Moala credited the victory to the amount of preparation the team had put in.

"Our team had really great practices this week. I've been working a lot on my footwork and my pad level, and I think that's where I've most improved. Everybody was really focused on this game and we just came out here and played Rancho Verde football," he said.

For the majority of the night, Moala faced off against the Huskies' Marcus Baugh, an Ohio State commit. However, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman held his own.

"We clashed a lot, but I think I got him," he said.

Moala, a one time Washington commit, switched his verbal to UCLA after much consideration.

"I was somewhat worried [about switching commitments], but I thought about it and I couldn't really picture myself at Washington for four years. My parents wanted me to stay close to home and I got a good feel for the coaches over there at UCLA, so I made the switch," he said.

Moala has also become close to his Bruins' recruiter, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

Though he has yet to set his official visit, Moala has visited the Rose Bowl a few times this season and has come away impressed with the offensive line.

"They play really fast. It's a really young team, and I'm really impressed by them. The coaches have been saying that I might see some playing time as a true freshman, but I'm thinking about redshirting, just to get some experience. We'll see what happens," he said.

There's a chance that Moala could head North to visit Washington, where friend and teammate Demorea Stringfellow is committed, but has yet to plan anything.

"I may take a visit to Washington, but I don't know. They have been talking to me a lot, trying to get me back on board. They are really recruiting me hard," he said.

However, he is still feeling good about his decision.

"I'm pretty solid. I don't think anything can change my mind," he said.

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