Elite OL Could Decide Soon

Micah Kia, the 6-5, 305-pounder from Hawaii who is the #28-ranked OL in the country, is going on his third and fourth official visits this week, and said he wants to make a decision on what school he'll attend by Christmas...

One of the top offensive lineman in the West, Mililani (Hawaii) tackle Micah Kia (6-5, 305) went south this past weekend for an official visit, and will be working his way back to the Islands in the next week.

Kia visited Tennessee over the weekend, and after taking some time to visit family in Atlanta, he'll move on to Norman for an official visit to Oklahoma.

When that concludes, he'll continue heading back west when he stops at UCLA for the weekend, his fourth official visit, and then he'll return back to Hawaii.

"I start out at Oklahoma on Monday (12/12), then I'm going to Los Angeles to visit family before I begin my visit to UCLA," said Kia. "I am considering a fifth visit but I am not sure if I will take it.

Prior to his visit to Knoxville, Kia had been to Oregon State on an official back in November.

Kia said his trip to Tennessee went well.

"I enjoyed it very much so," said Kia. "Tennessee is a great program with great people. I enjoyed the company and my host was Jesse Mahelona (a fellow Hawaii native)."

Kia said that no school stands out as his leader, but that he could have a favorite when his trips are done in a week.

"At this point, they're all pretty even," said Kia. "I am looking forward to my trips to Oklahoma and to UCLA."

Kia said that should he take a fifth visit, it would come from a pool of schools that include Oregon, Washington, Arizona State and Hawaii, where his brother Aaron plays.

"Hopefully, by Christmas I'll have my decision. But should I not, it would be in early January. If I haven't decided by Christmas, then I will likely take my fifth trip," Kia said.

No schools have made their in-home visits, but Kia said he will probably have some upon his return to the Islands.

A frustrating senior season because of a tibia injury has caused Kia to thoroughly enjoy the recruiting process so far. Kia said: "I got to come back and play but I wasn't at the level that I am used to playing. That is why I'm enjoying the recruiting because it's making me excited about playing in college. I can't wait to get out there and play at the level I know I can."

Academically, Kia holds a 3.8 GPA and has a qualifying SAT by NCAA Clearinghouse standards.


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