Notre Dame trounced arch rival USC Saturday night in front of several recruits. Paul Moala, local Penn High School standout, was one of these recruits. Shortly after, Moala pledged to Notre Dame and became the 17th 2018 commit.
Moala is a tremendous athlete. He plays safety for his high school, but he also returns kicks and punts. At 6’1, 205 pounds, Moala has the capability of coming up in the box and filling the ROVER position for Notre Dame. He also ran a 4.5 forty yard dash at Notre Dame’s Irish Invasion this summer which demonstrates his ability to turn and run with tight ends and wide receivers. His versatility will allow him to fill multiple roles for Notre Dame, as somewhat of a Swiss army knife.
Moala has good bloodlines and ties to Notre Dame football. All-time Notre Dame great, Manti Te’o, is Moala’s cousin and played a major factor in his recruitment.
Moala is only a three-star recruit on paper, but the Irish coaching staff loves him. After offering at Irish Invasion, Moala was a priority recruit for the Notre Dame coaching staff. His offer list is less than stellar; holding only four power five offers (Notre Dame, Nebraska, Iowa and Vanderbilt), but that did not deter Notre Dame.
Notre Dame hosted over 70 recruits on campus this past weekend. Moala was the first domino to fall, but at 6-1 and ranked in the top 10, more commitments are on the way.