West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Brad Kaaya had a week to remember, starting with a commitment to Miami and ending in the Bay Area where he threw at the San Francisco Elite 11.
With the pressure of recruiting gone, Kaaya was one of the top three quarterbacks at the Elite 11 and is hoping that he can continue with the stress-free throwing when the season starts.
“Committing to Miami lifted the monkey off my back,” said Kaaya. “I know now I don’t have to use every moment to get another offer. My college future is set. Now it’s about winning CIF.”
After leading Chaminade to the CIF-SS finals a year ago, a close loss to Gardena Serra, Kaaya is focused on not repeating that loss.
So making a commitment early was a big deal for him.
“I just wanted to get it done and not let it stress me out,” said Kaaya. “It was nice to just come out and throw and play football again.”
Kaaya visited Miami earlier in the spring and felt that Coral Gables would be where he’d end up.
So on Mother’s Day, Kaaya talked it over with his parents, especially his mom, about committing to the Hurricanes.
“On Mother’s Day, I talked with my mom about it and at first she was hesitant about sending me across the country to another state,” said Kaaya. “But Coach (James) Coley was so genuine and she liked that and I talked to my dad about it and it’s just the best fit for me.”
The following morning, Kaaya called the Miami coaches to let them know his decision.
“All the coaches at Miami were excited. The whole staff seemed pretty fired up,” said Kaaya. “I’ve added like 500 followers on Twitter all about Miami and the fan support has been amazing. Even Florida State fans were tweeting me. It was all pretty exciting.”
Miami has had a nice history of quarterbacks from California, in fact, their last two national championships were won with their starting quarterback from the Golden State, Ken Dorsey in 2001 and Gino Torretta in 1991.
“They’ve had some good quarterbacks from California, like Ken Dorsey, so you really can’t go wrong,” said Kaaya.
Kaaya said that he hit it off with head coach Al Golden too.
“I sat down and talked with him and he is such a good guy,” said Kaaya. “They’re dealing with the sanctions, and he’s handling it perfectly. The way the staff conduct themselves, they’re doing the right thing. The whole staff, of all the staffs I talk to, they’re the best.”
Academically, Kaaya has a 3.7.
On the year, Kaaya threw for 1,875 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leading the Eagles to a 12-2 record and a runner-up spot in the CIF-SS finals.