Cal defensive tackle Vei Moala, formerly of Grant High School, confirmed Friday he will forgo his senior season to test the NFL draft waters.
Moala was a five-star recruit at Grant in 2010, when he was The Bee’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He impressed his coaches in Berkeley with a school-record 495-pound bench press as a freshman. As a junior this season, Moala started 11 of 12 games for the 1-11 Bears and finished with 37 tackles and 11/2 sacks. He promised his parents he would graduate from Cal with a long-term goal of returning to Grant to teach and coach.
It will be curious to see in what round the 6-foot-3, 330-pound Moala will go, as there is always an NFL need for wide-bodied run stoppers. Had Moala remained in Berkeley, where another year of seasoning might have done him a world of good, he would have played for a fourth position coach in four seasons.
In 35 career games at Cal, Moala made 12 starts and had 48 tackles (five for a loss).
Collie will be in uniform today when the Patriots host the team that drafted him out of BYU in 2009 – the Indianapolis Colts – in an AFC divisional playoff.
Sac City went 1-9 last fall, its poorest showing since going winless in 1979. The Panthers tapped Metro League schools for talent for years, but hard times have hit McClatchy, Kennedy and Johnson.