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Four-star returns from Arizona and gets offer

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When you're a four-star linebacker living up to that lofty status and even beyond, it doesn't matter if you are committed or not, you will still get recruited. That is the case for UCLA commit Uona Kavienga (6-0, 226. 4.6) from Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger.
Kavienga was scheduled to take visits to Oklahoma and Georgia Tech but didn't end up taking those visits. The scheduling for Oklahoma didn't work out and he could still possibly take that trip.
With Georgia Tech they received three commits from linebackers and are still recruiting Kavienga. Georgia Tech would give a visit if he wasn't committed to UCLA. They don't want to scare off any of their commits
This past weekend Kavienga had a good trip to Arizona and enjoyed his time there.
"Uona really liked Arizona defensive scheme," Leuzinger line coach Ralph Oliver said. "He really liked Arizona's defensive tenacity and he has really good rapport with Arizona defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo.
When Kavienga returned from Arizona he ended up going over to USC where he received an offer.
"Uona had to entertain interest and USC expressed their interest with an offer," Oliver said. "That is the same reason why visited Arizona. USC is USC.
"Even with all that he is still very committed to UCLA," Oliver said. "It was a very hectic week for him.
"Two Friday's ago we won in the waning minutes of the game and USC wanted tape," Oliver said. "They invited Uona to attend their game against Arizona when UCLA was on their bye week.
"Tuesday USC came by to pick more film and hinted that an offer was soon to be made. On Wednesday he received news that he was selected to play in the inaugural ESPN All-American game and then he played again on Friday then he went on his trip Arizona.
"As of right now, Uona doesn't have any other trips planned except for UCLA and he may take a trip to BYU, but is tentative," Oliver said. "He wants to primarily stay in California. Uona is still very much a Bruin."
"Uona is playing like an All-American," Oliver said. "He is playing with a chip on his shoulder because he was slighted at the NIKE Combine (Palo Alto) and ever since then he has been on a mission to prove he's the best linebacker on the west coast.
"Uona plays like he wants to make every play," Oliver said. "He's going to bring to UCLA something they haven't had in a long time, which is that tenacity to make every play violently.
So far in 2007, Kavienga has racked up 93 tackles for an average of 13 tackles a game. He also has nine tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries hurries, six sacks and one pass deflection.
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