Bruins Talking with Kaaya

The Miami quarterback commit, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade four-star Brad Kaaya, says UCLA is still talking with him...

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya committed to Miami in March and hasn't wavered one bit in his verbal.

"I'm a solid commit to Miami and I don't have any intent to decommit at all," said Kaaya. "I'm still proudly committed to Miami."

But that hasn't stopped schools from still recruiting Kaaya.

"USC did a little bit early on after I committed, but pretty much lately it's just UCLA," said Kaaya. "And it hasn't been that much contact. It's not like they're coming at me hard. It's more just friendly right now."

Kaaya said he's never been one to avoid coaches or schools.

"If a coach just talks to me, I can't just blow it off and UCLA is a school I can't disrespect. I won't be that kind of guy. They're definitely not a program I would just blow off," said Kaaya. "Same with USC, they're a program I can't disrespect."

In fact, Kaaya said that the Miami coaches were plenty aware that as his stock grew this offseason, more schools would be checking in with him.

"After the Elite 11, Coach (James) Coley, he always asks me, ‘are they coming at you hard,' and they'll ask me which schools are hitting me up," said Kaaya. "A lot of coaches thought this would happen but they all know I'm committed to Miami."

But even the contact with UCLA, while it's happened often, the Bruins haven't offered so Kaaya said that nothing really exists between the two.

"I talk to Coach (Angus) McClure a little bit and I talked with Coach (Noel) Mazzone early on and I've talked to Taylor Mazzone, some small conversations," said Kaaya. "But there is no offer so nothing is really there."

Kaaya's close friend, Jojo McIntosh, just committed to UCLA and he's recruiting Kaaya just in case the Bruins do offer.

"Jojo, he's one of my best friends, so of course he's going to try and sway me," said Kaaya.

Kaaya, though, has been doing some recruiting of his own for the ‘Canes.

"At his point, we're almost filled up, with I think 22 commits," said Kaaya. "So now we need the guys that are really essential. I'm working on those guys."

Kaaya said he got to know some other Miami targets at The Opening.

"I talked a lot with Joseph Yearby, Braxton Berrios and Johnnie Dixon and they're all real cool guys," said Kaaya.

Now, Kaaya is focusing on getting over the hump of just making the CIF-SS Finals to winning the CIF-SS championship.

"We just did our last high school 7on7 so now it's time to just play and I'm pretty excited to get back in pads," said Kaaya. "If it was my choice, I would be in pads all year long. We've gotten some receivers as transfers and just got a big 6-5 receiver from Canada, so that should be fun."

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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