Uona Kaveinga Set to Transfer

USC sophomore linebacker Uona Kaveinga has decided to leave the USC program and transfer to BYU, Pete Carroll confirmed through a school spokesman on Wednesday.

USC sophomore linebacker Uona Kaveinga has decided to leave the USC program and transfer to BYU, Pete Carroll confirmed through a school spokesperson on Wednesday.

TotalBlueSports.com broke the story earlier today that Kaveinga planned to transfer to BYU.

"We were all very, very happy," Uona's father, Lau, told TotalBlueSports.com. "We understand what he was thinking that it was good to stay here close to home and play for USC, but in the beginning my wife and I were very excited for him to go to BYU. He just chose to stay here close to home and we just supported him, but for him to now go to BYU is good for him and good for everybody.

"I think it's good for him and his future," said Lau. "We are all really happy that he is going to BYU. Everyone is happy over here. Even everyone in our ward is happy he is going to BYU now. When he told me, I asked if this was his final decision and he said yes. I just try to support him and was happy for him. Go Cougars, eh!"

Kaveinga received his official release from USC on Dec.17th after talking with USC head coach Pete Carroll and he then contacted the BYU coaching staff about transferring.

"BYU didn't know he was interested in them until after he was released," said Lau. "He didn't have a scholarship at this time. He just wanted to get out of USC. He just said he really wants to go to BYU. After he was released he called Steve Kaufusi and talked to him about wanting to come to BYU. Steve Kaufusi was excited and said they would be excited for him to come to BYU."

During the recruiting process, Kaveinga verbally committed to UCLA, then BYU before signing his letter of intent to USC.

"He had visited BYU around four times," said Lau. "He liked BYU and we all thought he was going to go there, but he has his free agency and nobody pushed him or made his decision to go to USC. We just supported him in his decision then."

According to the report, Kaveinga will enroll in classes at BYU on January 4th.


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