Kia Commits To The Bruins

Mililani (Hawaii) OT Micah Kia gives the Bruins their 23rd verbal in the Class of 2006, and their eighth offensive lineman in all...

Mililani (Hawaii) offensive lineman Micah Kia (6-5, 305), the No. 28 ranked offensive lineman in the nation, committed to UCLA on Monday, the final jewel in an the Bruins excellent offensive line class.

"I have committed to UCLA, did it today," Kia told Barry Bolton of "I called coach (Dino) Babers, he's my recruiting coach."

Kia had narrowed his choices to the Bruins andTennessee, after also having visited Oregon State and Oklahoma.

He had been considering taking a fifth and final trip to Oregon, Washington or hometown Hawaii where his older brother Aaron plays.

Though he missed much of his senior year with a leg injury, Kia entered his final campaign as the top-rated player in the state and the No. 2 offensive lineman in the West. With the commitment of Dylan Rush from Konawaena High, it gives the Bruins the top two players from the Islands this year.

"There wasn't any (one thing) because all the schools are so great and it's hard to put one above the other," said Kia. "But when it came down to it and I leveled everything out and went over all my options, I believe this was the best decision."

Kia is the 8th offensive lineman in the Bruins recruiting class and the highest rated by from their line recruits.

Academically, Kia holds a 3.8 GPA and has achieved a qualifying SAT score.

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