2014 Player Analysis: Brad Kaaya

Brad Kaaya was one of the most heavily recruited quarterbacks on the West Coast last year. He's now competing for playing time as Miami's backup quarterback.

As a recruit: Brad Kaaya was offered by Miami back in spring of his junior year. They were his first major offer. He committed to the Canes in May, attended a camp here in June, and took one of his two official visits to UM (Boise State was the other). Kaaya had scholarship offers from schools like USC, UCLA, and Maryland. Kaaya finished his senior season with a school-record 3,855 yards and 27 touchdowns while leading Chaminade High to the Division II State Championship. He competed in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl after the season.

What to expect: Kaaya is a quarterback that James Coley and Miami really wanted from the very beginning. Soon after his arrival Gray Crow was moved to tight end. Kaaya is now one of five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. It won't be easy for him breaking into the depth chart since there are two seniors ahead of him. Jake Heaps and Ryan Williams (when he's healthy again) will be given every opportunity to win the job and Kaaya would still have to beat out Kevin Olsen for playing time. There's a good chance that Kaaya will take a redshirt in 2014 but everyone around the program is very excited about his future here.

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