Notre Dame will welcome players from across the country this weekend for Irish Invasion including California, Texas and the East Coast.
But, not every player will be traveling a long distance to South Bend. Local 2018 safety Paul Moala out of Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn will make the short drive on Saturday to check out the Irish program and participate in the camp.
“I'm just hoping to show the coaches that although I may not the best at what I do, I'm definitely working towards improving my craft and I'm willing to work at it,” Moala told Blue & Gold. “I feel as if I'm just a competitive football player. I love challenging quarterbacks' intelligence on the field.
“I'm just hoping I get my chance and that I make the most out of this opportunity. If I don't get what I want at least I'll know I did my best and tried to.”
The 6-foot, 202-pounder is appreciative of the opportunity to display his talents in from the Notre Dame coaches.
“I know that the Irish invasion camp is an invite only camp and for them to have invited me means a lot,” Moala said. “It’s just a blessing to be able to even be in the discussion of such a big school. I hope to make the most of this great opportunity.”
Given his proximity to the program, an offer from the Irish is something Moala has always hoped to land.
“Notre Dame is a great school and I've always been a huge fan since I moved here as a kid,” Moala explained. “Their history has always been talked about and their success as a team is very eye catching which helps them stand out a lot more than other schools.
“It'd definitely be a grand opportunity and a huge blessing to me and my family. Plus, not very many kids get to play football at the next level in their backyard so that's a plus.”
Moala recently made contact with defensive line coach and area recruiter Mike Elston.
“Coach Elston just said Coach Brian Kelly and the coaching staff are excited to have me down and participating in the camp,” Moala said.
Iowa, Utah State, Hawaii, Air Force, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and others have offered Moala. He plans to visit Stanford and Utah State as of now this summer and could take more if time allows it.
Moala participated in Nike Football’s The Opening Regional Cleveland in early April and posted a 4.74 40-yard dash, 4.27 pro shuttle, 35.6-inch vertical and a 39-foot power ball toss for a total rating of 105.84.