Kaaya Drops By Westwood

The West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback, Brad Kaaya, visited UCLA on Monday...

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya has kept himself busy in the last couple of weeks.

It started with an unofficial visit to Miami late last month, a chance to see the school that made Kaaya his first offer.

"Miami was great," said Kaaya. "I met the whole coaching staff and talked to some of the players. Overall, it was a good experience and I could see myself fitting in there. I got a chance to sit in the offensive meetings and got to see the offense. Coach (Al) Golden is pretty cool and Coach (James) Coley just got there after being at Florida State with E.J. Manuel. I had a real good connection with him and he's a great guy to talk to. He likes quarterbacks that are my style."

On Saturday, Kaaya was up at Stanford, taking in Junior Day on the Farm.

"I went to their camp last summer, but I hadn't really seen the school up close," said Kaaya. "I liked it a lot at Stanford. I got a good vibe from the whole coaching staff."

Kaaya was able to speak with head coach David Shaw, quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford and offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren.

"I had several conversations with Coach Shaw, Coach Bloomgren and Coach Sanford and they were good talks," said Kaaya. "It's a long process with Stanford, because they look at more than how good a player you are on the field, they want to see if you have the grades and how you are in school. It's both that they look at so it's still a process they go through."

Kaaya said he'll get a couple of chances to throw in front of Stanford coaches.

"When I was at their camp last summer, they had a different offensive coordinator (Pep Hamilton), but they're going to come watch me in the spring and I'm going to camp there again this summer I think," said Kaaya.

On Monday, Kaaya took the short trip over to UCLA to see the Bruins' spring practice.

"It was pretty exciting watching their offense, because some of the plays they run are similar to our school, with the no huddle," said Kaaya.

Kaaya spoke with Noel Mazzone and head coach Jim Mora following the practice.

"I had a conversation with Coach Mora and Coach Mazzone and they really like me," said Kaaya. "They've been watching my tape and Coach Mazzone thinks I'd be a good fit for their offense."

Kaaya said he plans to make regular appearances on the weekends too during the spring.

"I'm going to start sitting in with the quarterbacks during their quarterback meetings on weekends," said Kaaya.

Kaaya said he plans to return to Westwood and he'll also head out to Oklahoma State soon.

"I'm going out to visit Oklahoma State and then I'm possibly visiting UCLA again so I can see the campus a little more," said Kaaya.

Kaaya also plans to throw at the San Francisco Elite 11 next month.

Academically, Kaaya has a 3.7 and will be taking the SAT and ACT this spring.

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 ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a 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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