Paul Moala, a 2018 safety from neighboring Mishawaka, Indiana, has committed to Notre Dame after a weekend official visit to South Bend. Moala has 11 offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and others.
— Paul Moala (@PaulMoala) October 22, 2017
The 6’1, 200 pound safety has visited South Bend several times in the past few months. It was only a matter of time before Moala officially pulled the trigger. Notre Dame’s thrashing of USC on Saturday was likely the icing on the cake of his decision.
Mike Elko really wanted this kid to be Irish and he got what he wanted. Moala is a playmaker on the back end of the defensive. He won’t blow you away physically but he gets after it on the field and just doesn’t let up. He creates turnovers and has a good understand of the position on the field. Like you’ve seen this year for the Irish, that’s exactly what Elko is looking for. I think this is a solid pick up for the staff and it’ll definitely be valuable for depth at the Safety postion, which is much needed.
Moala is a local kid. He attends Penn High School in Mishawaka, which is only about 8 miles from Notre Dame’s campus. The appeal of staying close to home likely played a role in Moala’s commitment. He is the 17th commit for the 2018 class, joining Derrik Allen at the safety position.
Click here for some mid-season highlights of Moala during his senior season.