UCLA Trying to Flip Kaaya

It was a quick night for West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya Friday night but that was a good thing for him as the Eagles rolled to an easy 49-14 win over Lompoc (Calif.) in a Western Div I semi-final game....

In a game that was over early, the Eagles rolled to an impressive win over a very solid Lompoc squad. Quarterback Brad Kaaya only played the first series of the second half but had a good game throwing the ball and is one of the more mechanically solid quarterbacks in the country.

"We really didn't expect that kind of a game, they were very good on film," Kaaya said. "This was probably our most complete game of the year when you look at offense, defense and special teams. We were really clicking in all phases and it was a great win.

"Now we have a second crack at Serra who beat us during the season. I know they're a great team but we're excited about the opportunity to play them again. That first game we played, things got away from us early and we never got it going but we're playing great right now so it should be a good game."

On the recruiting front, Kaaya gave an early commitment to Miami but both L.A schools UCLA and USC have offered and are pushing hard for the signal caller.

"My commitment to Miami is still solid," Kaaya said. "I'm not wavering but at the same time, I owe it to myself to at least listen the two local schools when they're showing so much interest. Taylor Mazzone is recruiting me hard from UCLA and Ed Orgeron is the one recruiting me from USC.

‘With USC, I like the offense, they're a pro-style team but of course they don't have a permanent head coach yet so I'm not sure what they plan to run moving forward. UCLA's offense is actually similar to ours. Brett Hundley does more zone read but when Noel Mazzone was at Arizona State and Brock Osweiler was the quarterback, they made the offense fit his strengths as a pocket passer."

Kaaya said depth charts won't play a role in his decision and mentioned all three programs have young quarterbacks.

"I know USC has Max Browne, who was the top quarterback in the nation last year but Kevin Olsen is at Miami and he's very good too," Kaaya said. "For me, I can't worry about who's there because you never know what could happen. A player could leave or get injured and I'm definitely not afraid to compete for a spot, I've done that my whole high school career.

"Like I said, I really like Miami right now and I think they're headed in the right direction. I love the offense and the coaching staff there and I'm definitely going to take an official visit after our season. I haven't decided if I'm going to officially visit USC or UCLA yet. Right now, I'm just focusing on finishing off our season and then I'll turn my attention to recruiting."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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