Viliami Moala wants to focus on his senior season but his recruitment is heating up more than ever and so the 6-foot-2, 326-pound defensive tackle from Sacramento (Calif.) Grant has some decisions to make. No one is going to rush him though.
When someone is Moala's size, he pretty much sets the terms for everything.
This weekend, Moala, rated as the ninth-best defensive tackle, No. 78 nationally and eighth in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, said he is considering a trip to either Oregon or Washington.
Since the Huskies are at BYU and teammate James Sample expects to visit Oregon it might make sense that Moala is in Eugene as well. One thing that's important to Moala in his recruitment is that he at least strongly considers playing with Grant teammates in college.
"I'm really trying to focus on our season right now," Moala said. "I really don't know where I want to go, I want to go with some of my mates and we want to take our visits before we graduate and then we'll go from there."
Washington and Oregon are definitely in the picture and Moala, a four-star prospect, said Southern Cal has recently gotten much more involved. The recent hiring of Kennedy Pola could play a factor for Moala, who's expected to visit USC at some point. No date has been set yet.
"They blow up my mailbox and they've been sending me e-mails and they're a great school," Moala said of USC.
Cal is also under strong consideration especially because Moala gets along well with defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, the Rivals.com recruiter of the year. The Golden Bears and Washington are in the top two for Sample, a four-star safety from Grant.
"Cal is definitely in the mix," Moala said. "Lupoi is a cool guy. When he talks to me I feel like I know him and I expect to take a visit there, too."
Don't count out the East Coast schools yet although it's unlikely Moala would travel that far away from his family and his teammates to play college ball. For months, Moala has expressed interest in the SEC and Alabama and Florida have gotten involved. Trips to some SEC schools are not out of the question.
"I really want to see if I can travel to the East Coast and see what's up with the SEC schools," Moala said. "I don't know yet. I don't want to go there by myself and be a stranger. I want to take some of my mates with me.
"I really like to see my mom in the stands. My dad was in the stands (Friday night against Folsom) as well. Every play I dedicate to them so that's important."