Bruins Offer Hawaiian Kicker

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn got his first offer earlier this week and it came from UCLA, a school he's long admired...

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn got his first offer this week, and it came from the Pac-12.

"Coach (Rick) Neuheisel offered me on Tuesday to UCLA," said Fairbairn. "I had started talking with Coach Inoke (Breckterfield), but it was Coach Neuheisel that offered me."

To say he was thrilled would be an understatement.

"Oh man, I was so excited," said Fairbairn. "I had been hearing from a lot of schools but no one had offered but then UCLA offered and I was definitely excited. It's a great school and program."

Fairbairn's teammate, Steven Lakalaka, was the Bruins first commitment in the class of 2012 and once Fairbairn was offered, Lakalaka went to work.

"Steven like right away was talking to me about it, saying I have to go there and the both of us can play there in college," said Fairbairn. "He was selling me hard."

Fairbairn said he was tempted to commit on the spot, but didn't. Still, he's leaning heavily towards taking the offer, and sooner rather than later.

"I know that offer won't last forever and I don't want to wait too long," said Fairbairn. "I just want to talk it over with my family. I'll probably decide in the next two weeks."

Fairbairn said that Cal, Utah, Arizona and San Diego State have all expressed interest in him, and he's going to see where he stands with them before deciding.

Ranked fourth by Chris Sailer Kicking, Fairbairn credits the former Bruin kicker for his strides.

"Chris has been a big help to me, really been helpful in helping me improve," said Fairbairn.

Fairbairn said the offer from UCLA was as a placekicker, but said he could punt if needed.

"But they want me more for my on-the-ground kicking," said Fairbairn.

Fairbairn has a career long in a game of 53, but said he's connected from 67-yards in practice.

"And the air is thicker in Hawaii and we don't have any high elevation," said Fairbairn.

On the year, he is 9-for-13 for field goals for Punahou.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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