Bruins Get Commitment From Hawaii LB

After meeting with the UCLA staff on a surprise unofficial visit last week, Wailuku (Hawaii) Baldwin linebacker <b>Kaluka Maiava</b> committed to the Bruins.

Even though they had trouble tracking him down the last month, the UCLA coaching staff got a surprise visitor to campus last week, when Wailuku (Hawaii) Baldwin linebacker Kaluka Maiava, 6-0, 210, showed up for a meeting with the staff.

From that meeting came an offer, and Maiava returned the favor with a commitment to UCLA.

"Yeah, I gave them a verbal commitment last Friday. I met with them that day and told them I was coming to UCLA," said Maiava.

Though he said it is a "soft" commit right now, and he has plans to visit other schools, Maiava said he has every intention of signing with UCLA next February.

The commitment completes a whirlwind month for Maiava, who has spent the last month on the Mainland, visiting several different camps. That comes after a Spring in which he was in California for both the San Diego and Stanford Nike Camp.

"I've been here a month, and I'm going back this week. I'm tired. I've been going to a lot of camps, and I need to get back and train."

His father, Scott Mahoney, was active in getting him attention from all over.

"He really was liking UCLA and they hadn't really called much, so I called them and asked if they knew who he was, and they were like "the Maui linebacker, yeah we really like him." He couldn't make it to their camp, but he really liked them. When I told them he wanted to visit and meet with them, they were excited. The meeting went real well and when he called me to tell me he had committed, I was crying. It was like a dream for him," said Mahoney.

But the long summer of camps has taken its toll on him. He attended camps at USC (Top LB), Colorado (MVP), Utah (MVP) and BYU (MVP), and a Polynesian Camp where college and NFL coaches attended. Not to mention the two Nike Camps. "He's lost some weight because of all the camps, so when he goes home he'll have to eat a lot of poi and fish to get the weight back," laughed Mahoney.

Maiava plays middle linebacker for Baldwin, but the UCLA staff wants him as an outside backer.

"They said they really like my speed and think I'd be a good pass rusher. I like rushing more than coverage. I don't plan to play safety, I'm a linebacker."

Maiava has offers from Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, BYU and Colorado in addition to UCLA.

"I'll probably take my trips to the schools I haven't visited yet, just see what else is out there. I've seen everything I need to at UCLA. The campus was just beautiful. It's a great campus. I met with all of the coaches but Coach Dorrell and Coach Schneider, but I called them on Friday and talked with both of them."

Maiava was looking at Hawaii early on, but no contact from the Warriors meant no interest from Maiava.

"They didn't even send me a questionnaire, so I'm not even looking at them. I want to get out of the state anyway."

As a junior, Maiava was a second-team All-Hawaii pick, and also played running back for Baldwin.

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