Kaaya Likes the Bruins

The West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade 2014 quarterback, Brad Kaaya, is interested in UCLA...

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya helped lead Eagles to the CIF-SS Western Division finals as a junior.

Senior running back Terrell Newby was a big reason for their run, but Kaaya more than did his part during the season, and schools are starting to look closely at Kaaya.

The 6-4, 215-pounder was at the U.S. Army Combine and got a chance to throw with some of the top quarterbacks in the country.

"It was kind of a big shock, because usually, I'm the biggest guy out there and I'm not used to seeing quarterbacks my size, but at the combine, there were a lot of good quarterbacks and some good competition," said Kaaya.

Kaaya saw Newby and teammate Elijah Dunston both commit to BCS schools and his time is coming.

"It hasn't really skyrocketed yet, but I expect things to take off after Signing Day," said Kaaya.

And a number of schools are showing early interest in Kaaya.

"So far Stanford is one I've talked to a lot and I've always liked them," said Kaaya. "They've talked to me a lot, and I've talked with their offensive coordinator and developed a good contact with him."

He'd also been talking to their Rose Bowl counterparts.

"I was talking a lot with Wisconsin, but then their coaches left for Arkansas so I'm hearing from them some too," said Kaaya.

A local school has also been one he's liked.

"I've always liked UCLA too and that's a big school for me," said Kaaya.

And Kaaya is open to a slew of other schools.

"I like Arizona and Michigan, and some of the Big 12 schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State," said Kaaya. "I've also heard from a lot of Ivy League schools. I'd prefer a passing offense, either spread or pro-style under center. I just want to throw the ball."

On the year, Kaaya threw for 1,875 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leading the Eagles to a 12-2 record and a runner-up spot in the CIF-SS finals.

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