Moala forges a new path at Cerritos

Cerritos DT David Moala (6-2, 310), who signed with Arizona State out of high school, admits he made some mistakes while he was in Tempe, but after leaving the Sun Devils, he's made a lot better choices and with his outstanding athleticism and productivity, he's already garnered two early offers and more could be coming in very soon...

"I have offers from Houston and Hawaii right now and Oklahoma State and Kansas State are both really close to offering too," Moala told "I've also been talking a lot with USC, Minnesota and Utah."

As a redshirt freshman with the Falcons last fall, Moala occupied the three-technique, pass-rushing defensive tackle spot and totaled 49 tackles, four sacks and 7.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I'm at my best as a three-technique where I can rush the quarterback, but I can play anywhere," Moala said. "Last year, I played mainly at that spot, but I played some over the nose (at nose tackle) and some out at defensive end too, so I'm pretty versatile."

As a prep at Serra (Gardena, Ca.), Moala's size and athleticism made him a highly sought-after prospect and he chose Arizona State over offers from several other FBS programs.

However, while he was there, he let his temper get away from him and he was dismissed from the program shortly after new ASU head coach Todd Graham took over.

"I got dismissed for fighting," Moala said. "I was just too immature to handle things when I was there. I made some bad decisions and I was made an example of by coach Graham because he had a zero-tolerance policy.

"It's the best thing that could have happened to me. It made me take a look at myself and the decisions I was making and it made me grow up."

Moala is on pace to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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