Semper Fi Update: Brad Kaaya

There has been a lot of talk in recent months that West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya's commitment to Miami was pillow soft but the signal caller sounds pretty locked in with the Canes right now...

Brad Kaaya gave an early commitment to Miami but after local schools UCLA and USC offered in the same week midway through the year, there was a lot of buzz that he could flip to one of the two L.A schools. Kaaya grew up a USC fan but the Trojans recently took a commitment from Jalen Greene.

UCLA has been on him hard and head coach Jim Mora has been personally recruiting him. Still, Kaaya said Tuesday while checking in for the Semper Fi Bowl that he's as solid with Miami as he has ever been.

"I really feel good about Miami right now," Kaaya said. "I was in Orlando for the Bowl game and although they lost, I still think they have a bright future. I love the recruiting class coming in and I like the depth chart and how the quarterback situation sets up.

"Stephen Morris is graduating and I know I'll have a chance to come in and compete for playing time early. My goal is to start the first game next year at Nebraska. I don't want to redshirt, I want to compete and the coaching staff told me I'll have that opportunity."

Kaaya said he'll likely take his official visit to Miami (Jan. 17). He's still not sure if he'll visit UCLA or not.

"They really want me to visit and I like Coach Mora and Taylor Mazzone a lot," Kaaya said. "I'm just not sure if I want to do that right now. I almost feel like taking that visit will be a slap in the face to Miami. I've never really toured the UCLA campus before, I've been to a practice and the Rose Bowl but haven't seen it so I'm still deciding on that.

"Boise State is recruiting me really hard now too. I know the new OC, Mike Sanford really well. When he was at Stanford, he was one of the first coaches to reach out to me and I like him a lot. They want me to visit as well but right now, the only trip I know I'll take for sure is to Miami."

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
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