QB - 6'4 213 - West Hills, Ca
Kaaya was rated as a 4 star prospect by most recruiting services by the conclusion of his Senior year.
Early on he was not quite as highly touted. But he really skyrocketed up the charts with impressive showings in camps and on the field.
Luckily for UM, Al Golden, James Coley and staff jumped on him early and he stayed committed to Miami through out the recruiting process, despite late pushes from schools like UCLA and Boise State.
Kaaya has prototypical size, a rocket of an arm, good athleticism, smarts, and a nice all around feel as a signal caller.
Chances He Redshirts (1-10) - 8
As part of this series we will evaluate if the given newcomer stands a chance to sit out his first season to retain eligibility.
Had Kaaya been on campus for Spring Practice there is a pretty good chance that following Ryan Williams' injury, he gets a good long look as the starter, given Kevin Olsen's inconsistency. But Jake Heaps presence, Ryan Williams ahead of schedule recovery, and missing the spring pretty much assure (barring injuries) that Kaaya retains an extra year of eligibility.
Summary: The more I watch and hear of him, the more I like Brad Kaaya. Kevin Olsen may yet be the future at QB, and Jack Allison is a monster prospect for 2016 who seems to be very committed to coming to Miami. But if you ask me now who I think will be starting under center the next 2-3 years, Kaaya is my bet. I really like his poise, his footwork, and his presence in the pocket. If (HUGE IF) he reaches his full potential, think Ken Dorsey with a bigger arm and better feet. Huge praise indeed, but this is a kid with big time talent and a head on his shoulders to match.
More on Kaaya HERE
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