Safety Paul Moala

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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.

Notre Dame safety target Paul Moala, a 2018 recruit, walks into Notre Dame Stadium before the Georgia game. (Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)