Brandon Kaho

BYU Commit Brandon Kaho Planning UCLA Visit

Feb. 17 -- UCLA has been in frequent contact with Reno (Nev.) outside linebacker Brandon Kaho, a BYU commit who is planning to visit Los Angeles soon...

Brandon Kaho didn't hesitate to verbally commit to BYU last summer given his comfort level on that campus, yet word about his potential has gotten out and other programs are now trying to make him reconsider.

The three-star outside linebacker from Reno, Nev., has landed scholarship offers from the likes of StanfordUCLAWashington and Washington State in the last two months and Kaho intends to reciprocate that interest by planning some stops this coming spring and summer.

"BYU was one of my first offers and the Polynesian community up there makes me feel at home," Kaho told "The new head coach, Kalani Sitake, is great. I went in the room with him and just the values he was talking to me about made me change how I look at schools. It's more than just football. My first cousin, Aleva Hifo, plays out there too and I've got family in Utah, so it makes it feel like home. That's the main reason why I've verbally committed."

The Huskies became the latest offer for Kaho on Thursday afternoon and it's another big one in his recruitment.

"I just always loved Washington because I wanted to live there with my grandparents when they moved away and I barely got to see them," Kaho said. "Coach (Chris) Peterson is a great coach and I've never really been to Washington, so something new for me wouldn't hurt. I'm going to try to get out there as soon as I can."

With some visits looming, Kaho said he plans to look at the football, obviously, but also education, the atmosphere and culture around each school. Stanford got the trend started with an offer in mid December and the interest immediately skyrocketed.

"I haven't been to any other campuses recently but I plan on it," Kaho said. "I'm trying to get to Stanford in the spring because they want me to get out there for a practice.

"It's obviously a top school for education, so that means a lot. Their style of football is also what I've learned here in high school, so I could see myself being physical and playing downhill."

UCLA offered the day after National Signing Day and Kaho said his plan is to take a trip to Los Angeles at the end of this month or in early March.

"Coach (Scott) White has told me he's been watching my film and likes the way I play," Kaho said. "He also told me he's heard I'm a good guy off the field as well, so he's recruiting me hard. I don't know much about UCLA, but they check up on me every other day and that's what stands out to me the most. They're building a relationship right now."

Kaho doesn't know much about Washington State, either, but a prior connection is helping facilitate the process.

"The coach that has been contacting me, Ken Wilson, used to coach at Nevada and he knows a lot of my uncles," Kaho said.

Kaho said he does not know yet whether he would take a two-year LDS mission straight out of high school. He hopes to have a plan in place before the start of his senior season.

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