Moala top recruit for Cal

IN the recruiting trade, it’s known as a “good get,” and that’s exactly what Cal got over the weekend when four-star defensive tackle Viliami Moala of Sacramento verbally committed to play for the Bears.

Viliami Moala/ Photo: Scout.com

A verbal commitment is not binding, and Moala, of Grant Union High, reportedly will take scheduled visits to Oregon and Oregon State this week. National letter of intent signing day is Feb. 2.

To date, Cal has received 17 verbal commitments from high school seniors, 10 of them rated as four-star recruits by the website Rivals.com.

Moala is a massive young man, variously listed between 6-foot-1 and 6-3, and 324 pounds and 340. He has been compared physically to Haloti Ngata of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.

“Cal won’t go wrong with him, as a person and a player,” Grant Union coach Mike Alberghini said. “I think he’ll have a shot to play as a freshman. He’s been a three-year starter for us. He’s extremely strong. Size-wise, he’ll fit in at college right away.”

In a 13-1 season for Grant Union, Moala had 131 tackles, 16 sacks and two fumble recoveries. MaxPreps.com rates him as the 33rd-best player in the country, and Rivals.com has him as the No. 9 defensive tackle nationally.

In the recruiting process, Moala developed a bond with Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. The fact that Lupoi was suspended for Cal’s season-ending game against Washington, for earlier ordering his players to fake injuries in the Oregon game to slow down the tempo, was not a factor for Moala.

- By John Crumpacker, San Francisco Chronicle

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