Kaveinga On His Commitment

When Uona Kaveinga, the 6-1, 225-pound linebacker/fullback prospect from Lanwdale (Calif.) Leuzinger, was going to UCLA's campus on Saturday, he said he was pretty sure he'd get a scholarship offer. When he did, he committed on the spot...

Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kaveinga (6-1, 225), had a feeling on Saturday that his unofficial visit to Westwood could net him a scholarship offer from UCLA.

"I just knew that they were going to offer me," said Kaveinga. "When they did, I committed."

Kaveinga had started to pick up offers in the week leading up to Saturday, getting offered by Utah and BYU to start, and then Arizona for the first offer from the Pac-10. Oregon also was getting close to an offer but the offer from UCLA was the one he was waiting for.

"They brought in the best guys that day and we were all talking about committing," said Kaveinga. "One of the advantages that UCLA had was that it is only like 10-15 minutes from where I live. My mom especially wanted me to stay close to home."

Early in the week, Kaveinga said he spoke to UCLA and there was some discussion about which side of the ball he was going to play. "Both coaches (Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and running backs coach Dino Babers) wanted me on their side of the ball, but they came to the conclusion that they needed me at linebacker," said Kaveinga. "So I'm going in as a middle linebacker."

Kaveinga met with several of the coaches on Saturday, specifically head coach Karl Dorrell, Walker and Babers, but also got to meet future position coach Chuck Bullough.

"Coach Bullough coached Brian Urlacher with the Chicago Bears and he's a real good coach," said Kaveinga. "And one of the main people recruiting me was (new UCLA wide reeiver coach) Eric Scott."

Kaveinga said one of the things that stood out to him about Saturday was how so many of the commits were defensive prospects. "We're all defensive guys who could play on both sides of the ball, so we're athletic," said Kaveinga. "We all committed and we're going to have a fast, athletic defense now. They're bringing in the best players."

Kaveinga was named Bay League Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and earned second-team all-state underclass in 2006. He was an all-CIF selection and finished the year with 111 tackles, 16 quarterback hurries, nine sacks, five deflections, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.

Academically, he said he had a 3.2 GPA and scored a 1250 on the SAT when he took it in the fall.


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