Kaluka commits to Trojans

Coming off the victory over Cal the Trojans received more good news with the verbal commit from Kaluka Maiava from Baldwin HS in Hawaii. Maiava becomes the third verbal commit for USC in the class of 2005. Click below for details:

"I gave a commitment yesterday. I called Coach Chow and told them I wanted to be a Trojan, the coaches were in a meeting so they passed the phone around and everybody gave me congratulations. I talked to Coach Seto, Coach Carroll, he told me thanks and said I was coming to a great school. I know that, the opportunity to get an education from a school like USC is crazy."

Kaluka attended the USC summer camp and was named the top linebacker in attendance after showing his intense style of play. He gave a verbal commit to the UCLA Bruins at one point later in the summer but started to back off that commitment recently. The Trojan coaches began to heat up their recruitment of him in early September and followed up with a scholarship offer last week.

"We had been talking and then it got really serious toward the end. Last week my coach pulled me out of class and said they were offering and needed to know if I was serious about them. We had a big game this past week so I told them I needed a few days to think about it. I watched the Cal game and then I called them up right after that because I knew I wanted to be a Trojan. I just love the way they are always pumped. That's the way I like to play. Everybody is crazy on that team, the coaches are crazy too, they are psycho."

Maiava has led his Baldwin team to a 3-1-2 record after the team suffered a tough loss over the weekend to Lahainaluna "It was kind of like the Cal game, close to the end but we lost". He said the Trojans are recruiting him to play outside linebacker.

"I'm best at hitting and finding the ball, never stopping," said Maiava. "I always want to make the solo hit. I try to be like Ray Lewis and play with his intensity. He's always psyched and plays every down like it's his last. I'd like to be better on pass defense which I think is a little weak."

"What makes Kaluka good is his will to win," Baldwin coach Chad Kauha'aha'a said. "His work ethic is unbelievable. He lives in the weight room. When it comes to conditioning, he always strives to be the first in line. He's a student of the game, always wanting to learn. He puts in that extra time to become a better ball player."

Kaluka was recruited to USC by Norm Chow and he said the Trojan offensive coordinator is a major reason why he is joining the team.

"He's from Hawaii so it's kind of easy to talk with him. I like him a lot. Even though he's an offensive coach he's one of the reasons I'm going there."

Maiava (6-0, 210) is unsure of his potential major "maybe sports medicine but I'm not sure" and he plans to take an official visit to USC in December. He said the news of his college choice is already a big deal on his home island.

"A lot of people from Maui went to USC and my phone has been ringing off the hook from people calling to tell me how much they love the school. It's been pretty crazy around here. I'm really happy to be a Trojan."

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