"Brad was excited about the offer," Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. "I mean, if you grow up in Southern California, who doesn't want to land an offer from UCLA. They had been talking to Brad for a while and then he talked with Coach Mora yesterday for a good 15 minutes. That's when they offered and I think he's definitely open to listening to what UCLA has to say.
"It's not too late in the process for UCLA to get involved. Last year with (Terrell) Newby, they came on pretty late, towards the end of the regular season. He liked UCLA a lot but he had already established a really strong relationship with Nebraska going back to his sophomore year. With Brad, it's still early so I know he'll give them a look but right now, I think his main focus is on our game this weekend against Notre Dame, at least I sure hope it is."
Croson said Kaaya has no plans to make any quick decisions and will do his homework on where he fits in best.
"Miami runs a pro-style offense and that's a big reason why Brad committed in the first place," Croson said. "Brad fits in really well in that offense. He's more of a pure drop back quarterback. He can run around a little but that's not something we ask him to do very much.
"If UCLA wants Brad to run the read option like Hundley, that's not his strength and I'm sure that's something Brad will talk with Mazzone about. He'll want to see how he fits the offense and if he'll be comfortable in it. I know at ASU, Mazzone ran a different style offense with less running from the quarterback so like I said, Brad is a very smart kid and I know that is something he'll want to discuss with them.
"He's very loyal to Miami and they have done a great job recruiting him. They haven't called me since the UCLA offer but I'm sure they will check in to see what he's thinking. Right now, I think Brad's head is spinning pretty good but he's going to take his time with this and make sure he's doing the right thing. I always tell our guys, make this decision with your head not your heart. He has to do what is best for him and I know he will."
After a slow start to the season, Croson said he's very happy with how Kaaya has played.
"He came out in that first game with Venice and was just too pumped up, that happens," Croson said. "The problem is these kids get so much attention now in the summer and with Brad making the Elite 11, he felt like he had to prove how good he was and tried to do way too much.
"He came out against Hart in our second game and played really well. We struggle to protect him at times and he has taken some incredible shots. We only have eight offensive lineman on our whole team and our guys are much better run blockers. Against, Oaks Christian, Brad was getting hit on three step drops so we had to run the ball and to be honest, I've always been a running coach anyway.
"In the history of our section here and I'm including L.A city, San Gabriel Valley, Conejo Valley, Ventura, basically this whole area, there has only been two running backs in large school classification to have 100 career touchdowns. Milton Knox at Birmingham and Terrell Newby and I coached both of them so we throw the ball a lot more with Brad than I ever have because he's so good, he's so smart but I'm still a running coach at heart."
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