Kaveinga Keeping His Options Open

Uona Kaveinga (6-1, 225) from Leuzinger High in Lawndale, CA, verbally committed to UCLA on March 10. However, he's decided to keep his options open and he was one the sidelines at USC's April 7 spring scrimmage at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

"I just wanted to check things out and see how it was," Kaveinga said. "It was pretty cool because they invited me to come and watch the scrimmage. I have a good relationship with Coach (Ken) Norton. I'm still committed, but I have to keep my options open. I just really like both of the schools, but I'm committed to UCLA."

And what was it about UCLA that brought on the early commitment?

"They (UCLA) have 10 people leaving after the season, so there will be a great opportunity for me to come in and contribute as a freshman," Kaveinga said. "That was one of the reasons I committed. And it's located right around the corner from my house." USC could possibly lose three linebacker after the 2007 season, but Kaveinga hasn't discussed the depth chart much with USC. And it doesn't appear he's concerned much with the depth at SC.

"At USC, you compete to play and it doesn't matter about the depth," Kaveinga said. "So, I'm not worried about competing or anything like that."

Kaveinga said BYU is another school he keeps in contact with. "I will probably take some official visits to a few schools like BYU," Kaveinga said.

When watching Kaveinga play, he reminds you a little bit of incoming USC linebacker, Jordan Campbell. He's all over the field and he's an intense competitor.

"First of all, I would say I play with passion," Kaveinga said. "I love to play the game and everything will be taken care of if you have passion, and love the game. A lot of people play football, but they don't play with a passion. I think if you play with a passion and play hard, good things will happen."

Although Leuzinger is a talent rich football team, there isn't much depth and nine guys play on both sides of the ball. Some feel that's cost them a few games because fatigue sets in lat in the games.

"Most of us are forced to play both sides of the ball," Kaveinga said. "The best players play at our school. We're not looking to get rest because we can run around all night. We're trained to run around all night. If we can play offense and defense, then that's what we have to do. I really do think if we would go one way and get more rest, we would be winning more games. We have a lot of talented football players, but we don't have a lot of depth."

Kaveinga not only plays on both sides of the ball, he plays wherever he's needed.

"When we played Norco, I played center," Kaveinga said. "I'm the long-snapper and our center got injured that week. We snap the ball out of the shotgun, so I volunteered to be the center. But on offense, I really do play fullback, running back and tight end. This year I think I'll play some running back and some slot receiver."

He was asked if he prefers defense.

"Of course, defense comes first," Kaveinga said. "There's a of responsibility at linebacker because you're the quarterback of the defense. Everybody depends on the linebacker to help them out. Linebackers are basically the heart and soul of the defense, and you have to play with a real intense attitude, and a great passion."

With the camp/combine season fast approaching, Kaveinga is set to attend a few local events.

"I know I'm going to the USC camps in the summer," Kaveinga said. Kaveinga said he'll also attend camps at UCLA and the April 29 Scout.com All-American Combine at the Home Depot Center.

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