January 4, 2011
Grant's Moala may be leaning toward Cal verbal commit

By Bill Paterson

Cal appears to have the inside track to Grant defensive tackle Vei Moala.

Rivals.com's Gerard Martinez reports that Moala plans to announce his college decision on national television during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Moala and Grant teammate James Sample are playing in the all-star game.

Moala told Martinez he still plans to take official visits to Oregon and Oregon State later this month even with his announcement.

"Even if I commit, it's a verbal commitment," Moala told Martinez. "I will announce where I'm strongly considering, but if anything changes, I still have signing day. It's not over until I sign."

Moala said his top five in order are Cal, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington and USC.

He likes Cal because it's close enough to home that his mother and other family members can watch him play. He also likes Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi.

Martinez, though, says Lupoi is a hot coaching propsect who could be lured to another program.

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