Safety Paul Moala
S PAUL MOALA; 5-11, 196; MISHAWAKA (IND.) PENN
247Sports ranking: Three stars, No. 50 S.
Rivals ranking: Three stars.
Notable numbers: 67 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks, one forced fumble and one interception; five touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns; two touchdowns passes as a senior.
Birthday: Jan. 31, 2000.
First scholarship offer: Ball State.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “When I was 12 years old watching Manti Te’o play.”
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Fun.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: “Probably all the coaches hitting me up on the weekends when I’m just trying to relax.”
Best player I’ve played against: Indianapolis QB commit Jake Leffew.
The last thing I watched on Netflix: “Coach Snoop.”
Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” — Whitney Houston.
Dream job (other than the NFL): “I’d like to flip houses.”
Expectations for my freshman season: “I’m really looking forward to being able to train and get a lot bigger but a lot faster. I’m looking forward to playing special teams and trying to make plays from there. Maybe get a little bit of playing time on defense.”
Favorite football accomplishment: “Being able to make it to state.”
Under Armour, Nike or Adidas: Adidas.
What was the first position you played in football? Running back.
What’s your best sport other than football? Rugby.
Sports idol: My dad.
Preferred social media: Twitter.
Favorite musician/band: Kendrick Lamar.
Celebrity crush: Selena Gomez.
How many times have you watched Rudy? “I’ve seen it twice, but not fully. Just little parts here and there.”
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How many pets do you have? Zero.