With the recent commitment of Brad Kaaya out of West Hills (California) Chaminade High School, the Miami Hurricanes now have two consensus three-star quarterbacks wanting to don the green and orange. The other, Alin Edouard, out of Hialeah High in Miami, is listed as a dual-threat quarterback. Kaaya is a more traditional pocket passer.
Both of these kids need to have some patience. With senior quarterback Stephen Morris departing after this year, and local prep hero Ryan Williams waiting in the wings, it could be three years before either of these two take a snap in a game.
Miami is, of course, Quarterback U., and intense scrutiny is part of being a Canes’ signal caller. With that said, which one is better? Let’s look at the resumes.
Kaaya, at 6’ 4’’ and 215 lbs., is taller and bigger than Edouard who stands 6’ 2’’ and weights 180 lbs. Edouard’s tall, lanky frame will remind many Canes fans of Jacory Harris. However, Edouard is much more of a playmaker on the run than Harris ever was, and that may not be a good thing. With such a slender physique, Edouard is far more liable to be injured than the compact, muscular Kaaya.
Kaaya is not nearly the runner that Edouard is, but his mechanics and footwork put Edouard to shame. Kaaya keeps his feet moving while under pressure in the pocket, but still keeps his eyes downfield. Edwards tends to stand flatfooted and throws off his back foot a great deal. He is also too quick to tuck and run instead of trusting his protection and making throws. Both have very strong arms, but Kaaya reads coverages better and goes through his progressions while Edouard stares down his intended receiver, and when confused by the defense, often chucks it up to the deepest man.
Kaaya’s stats are also better. He threw for 1,875 yards and 13 touchdowns with a 67 percent completion rate. He only threw two interceptions all season. Edouard threw for 926 yards and nine touchdowns with a 48 percent completion rate. However, Edouard also ran for 559 yards and seven touchdowns
Kaaya led his team to states and finished the season with a 12-2 record. Edouard’s Hialeah team finished 5-4 and missed the playoffs.
In the end, Alin Edouard is the superior athlete, but Kaaya is the more polished and prepared quarterback and is more suited to Miami Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator James Coley’s system. With his slight frame, Edouard is an injury waiting to happen as a scrambling quarterback and will need more coaching than Kaaya in coverage recognition and decision-making in the pocket. With his height and speed, Edouard is more suited to playing wide receiver.
Perhaps one day Canes fans will become familiar with the phrase “Kaaya to Edouard.”