Attention Catches Moala by Surprise

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant five-star defensive tackle Viliami Moala is taking his recruitment in stride, even if it is more overwhelming then he ever expected it to be...

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive tackle Viliami Moala (6-3, 340) never imagined his recruitment would take off the way it did.

"I just played ball, I just did what I did," said Moala. "I guess people liked that."

No question.

The #4-ranked defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, the top defensive line prospect in the West and a five-star, Moala can't even keep up with all of his offers.

"I have no idea how many I have," said Moala. "I have more than I can count. It's so overwhelming. My coaches joke that they are growing tired of the colleges calling. I have a feeling it will get crazy."

As if it hasn't already.

Moala has offers from most of the Pac-10 schools, with USC and UCLA the most recent schools to offer him, and then the last three national champs, Alabama, Florida and LSU also offering.

"I thought I was only known in California," said Moala. "Then I thought I was just know on the West Coast. When it reached the East Coast, that's when I realized it was big. I never thought I'd be getting offers. It wasn't until my sophomore year after the Poly game (in the CIF State Open Division championship) that I thought I could play in college."

Moala said because the whole process is so new to him, he's not in a rush to make a decision.

"I want to go through the whole process because right now, I don't have a favorite school," said Moala. "My brothers all have a different college they like. So I'll take as much time as I need. I don't have anyone really standing out. A lot of the Pac-10 schools I like, and a lot of the SEC schools I like."

Moala said the in-state schools are under definite consideration.

"Definitely, I like the Cali schools. "With Cal, I really like the school and it's close to home for my dad and family to watch. They'll be one of my choices in the end. And with USC and UCLA, they're close to home too."

Fresno State has gotten into the action too.

"I went to watch my older brother's friend, Devan Cunningham, last week at Fresno State. They've offered me," said Moala.

Moala said that Cal and USC are the two schools recruiting him the hardest.

"USC is probably recruiting me hardest right now and then Cal is. With Cal, Moose Jalil, we're talking a lot and he's a good guy. I didn't know he committed to Cal until recently," said Moala.

In fact, it was the same day, just hours apart, that Moala and Jalil both jumped onto the recruiting map, with Moala following Jalil's dominant performance in the CIF State D-II championship with his own in the nightcap.

Neither won a state title, or even got to Carson, in 2009, but Moala is hoping to get back.

"Losing (to Rocklin) is giving us a huge chip on our shoulder," said Moala. "The loss, it's still hard for me to talk about. The offseason, the loss really hit us, we really expected to win. We're really trying to make it back to Carson."

Moala was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will play in San Antonio.

"I'm playing in the Army All-American and that is a big dream come true. I only imagined it in a dream. I just thank God for giving me the opportunity."

Moala said he recently got his SAT score back, a 1270, and his GPA is in the low 3.0's.

"I'll qualify no problem," said Moala. "I'm already set really, I just have one more core class, English 12, to take."

Moala was an All-State Underclass Pick in 2009 by GoldenStatePreps.com and was named the State Junior Defensive Player of the Year by GSP.


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