Mike's Take: New QB commit

The Hurricanes landed their second quarterback commitment for the Class of 2014 today. Read on for an analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Brad Kaaya committed to the Miami Hurricanes earlier today. Lets take a closer look.

What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 215, he already has ideal size for a major college quarterback. He uses the height to see down the field really well, and one thing that stands out when watching him is that his eyes are always down the field -- a good sign for any young quarterback. He is coming off a solid junior season, in which he threw for almost 2,000 yards, 12 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. He takes good care of the football. He makes good decisions. He understands the game very well. He also showed good leadership qualities as a junior, and led his team to a 12-2 record and a runner-up spot in the CIF-SS finals. He possesses solid arm strength too and that gives him the ability to make most of his throws. Another good thing about this commitment is that he's already been on campus at Miami. He has met the coaches, knows the area, and has seen the school. Because of those things, it's not likely that his opinion of the school, coaches, or area will change anytime soon.

What may concern you: He's just never been a true gun slinger at the prep level. He threw for just 12 touchdowns in 14 games last season. It's almost like he's been more of a game manager up to this point of his career. A bigger concern for Miami fans is that while he's been evaluated by all the major schools on the West Coast none of them have offered him a scholarship. Miami is his only BCS level scholarship offer right now, so the Canes are getting a player who has been recruited like a 2-star player.

Bottom Line: Kaaya becomes Miami's second quarterback commitment in the 2014 class, joining Hialeah's Alin Edouard, who is being recruited like a 3-star player. Kaaya is more of an upside guy right now. His production numbers up until now haven't been great and he's not being heavily recruited. However, he has some physical tools to work with. Anytime you sign what some felt was the nation's best quarterback prospect (Miami did so with Kevin Olsen this past recruiting season), you often follow it up by signing a kid who can wait in the wings for a few years. That's exactly what Kaaya is -- and the same goes for Edouard. They likely won't be needed to make an impact right away. They'll be able to sit back, learn, and have a chance to make an impact a few years down the road. Despite the Hurricanes offering a few elite drop-back style quarterbacks this year, the most likely scenario was going to be signing a lightly recruited player and giving him a chance to learn and grow in the new system for a few years. That's the case here.


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