The Miami Hurricanes are trying to build their program back into a perennial power in the ACC and head coach Al Golden is hitting the recruiting trail hard to make sure the Canes stay moving in the right direction. That was where Miami came across Brad Kaaya, a four-star quarterback prospect out of West Hills, California, and got the west-coast quarterback to commit this spring. But with top-rated quarterback prospects in short supply, could a program closer to home lure him away from South Beach?
Speculation about that possibility picked up steam when another top quarterback out west, Kyle Allen, announced he was taking his talents the SEC and the Texas A&M Aggies. After missing out on Allen, many west coast programs, including several in the Pac 12, were expected to lean on Kaaya to see just how strong his resolve was to head east. One of the leading programs to chase Kaaya is the Arizona State Sun Devils, who have missed out on some top quarterback recruits the last few seasons.
But their efforts could likely turn out to be fruitless. Kaaya has actively tried to put rumors that he is still available to local programs to rest, though with limited success, and has called Miami the “perfect situation” for him. He is excited about the opportunities that wait for him at Miami under Golden and his coaching staff, so it will take a major effort to pry him away at this point.
In college football recruiting, however, it isn’t over pen hits the paper of his letter of intent. Expect west coast programs to continue to pursue Kaaya right up to National Signing Day.