Recruit Update: Uona Kaveinga

Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kaveinga will take an official visit next month to a school UCLA is very familiar with, but the Bruin commitment is becoming more solid to UCLA by the day...

Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kaveinga (6-1, 225), has had some late suitors, namely USC, but the versatile backer is staying strong with his commitment to UCLA.

"I'd say its probably about 100% with Uona and his commitment to UCLA," said Leuzinger assistant coach Ralph Oliver. "He's just felt comfortable with them the whole time and they've been honest with him and really given him a lot of attention."

Kaveinga picked up an offer earlier this fall from USC, and while the offer was tempting for him, Oliver said several factors kept him from committing to USC.

"I think after the initial reaction wore off, he was still solid to UCLA. He was the first linebacker that UCLA offered and that meant a lot. At USC, they wanted him for fullback then for linebacker, but he felt at UCLA they wanted him more," said Oliver.

Even with the recent decision to fire Karl Dorrell, Oliver said Kaveinga hasn't really wavered.

"He'd like them to keep the coaches who have been recruiting him, Coach (DeWayne) Walker, Coach (Eric) Scott and Coach (Chuck) Bullough but he understands that changes could be made. Still, even if the coaches were gone, he's probably going to go there. He committed to the school first."

That's not to say that Kaveinga won't look at any other schools. He may still take a visit to USC, according to Oliver and he will for sure be taking a trip to BYU next month.

"He's going to BYU the 12th of January and he's going to visit UCLA next weekend (December 15th) when the other commits do," said Oliver.

A four-star linebacker by Scout.com, Kaveinga will be playing in the ESPN Under Armour All-American Game in January.


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