Moala Showed Great Skill at JC Combine

El Camino (Calif.) College is loaded, as usual, and though they just lost quarterback Lyle Moevao to a commitment to Oregon State, whoever takes over the reins at quarterback will have the luxury of knowing that big offensive lineman Siosifa Moala (6-2, 335) will be protecting him up front.

Moala was heavily recruited by Oregon during his 2003 senior season at Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside, but he was a non-qualifier so he went the JC route.  The 2004 season saw Moala greyshirt then he returned to the field in 2005 to play guard for the Warriors and ended up as an honorable mention all-Mission Conference selection.

This time around Moala's recruitment, the Ducks are still a presence but more suitors are chasing him.

"I'm hearing from Utah, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon State and Oregon," said Moala.  "Troy State offered me too, that's my only offer so far.  Colorado's coaches have talked with me too.   I also hear from San Diego State and UNLV."

While Moala acknowledged that he still has a significant interest in Oregon, it's the Beavers who have stepped to the forefront of his interest list.

"I know that Lyle has been talking with the coaches there about me.  They said that they don't normally recruit inside guys from a JC, but that if they do this year, I'll be first on their list," said Moala.  "My cousin, Eric Moala, plays at Oregon State too."

When Moala was in high school, most of his attention came as a defensive tackle, where he teamed with fellow ElCo tackle Rolando Barragan to form a strong tandem in the middle of the defensive line.

But Moala said now that his future is on the offensive line.

"I played guard last year, but I'm going back to center this year.  I played center in high school," said Moala.

Moala said that while he's received some national attention, when it is all said and done, he prefers to stay in the West.

"It would be cool to play in the Pac-10, but I'm open to anything.  I'd like to stay in the west though," said Moala.

Moala will graduate in December with his A.A. and because of the greyshirt year, will have three seasons to play two.


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