Brad Kaaya didn't get to throw the ball much in his junior season because Terrell Newby was putting up such big numbers at West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade so this off-season is big for him.
This past weekend at the 4th Quarter Sports Elite 7on7 Tournament at Los Angeles Salesian Kaaya proved he's one of the better quarterbacks in Southern California and he's already starting to pick up more recruiting attention.
Miami and Stanford have mainly reached out and Kaaya, a heady 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect, said he's encouraged by what those coaches are saying.
Kaaya, who threw for 1,875 yards and 13 touchdowns in his junior season, got especially good news from new Miami offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley.
"I talked to their OC the other day, coach Coley, he was the coach at Florida State and he said I remind him of E.J. Manuel," Kaaya said.
"He just said I fit their style of play really well. They're kind of going to a spread pro-style, like the Patriots almost, so I fit that perfectly.
"Right now Stanford has been to the school many times. I have a good relationship with them. I knew coach Pep (Hamilton) but he went to the Colts. I went to their camp last summer and they liked me a lot. I fit their under-center offense really well."
USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron recently stopped by West Hills Chaminade and Cal and Washington are also showing interest. Kaaya had also been hearing from Wisconsin before that staff moved to Arkansas. He's hopeful that picks up again soon.
After a strong junior season, a big off-season could start landing Kaaya some offers. He started off on the right foot this past weekend at the 4th Quarter Sports event and more good things could be on the way.
"I feel like it's starting to pick up finally," Kaaya said.
"I'm getting more letters and I'm hearing from more schools. I've been hearing from many more schools. This time last year it wasn't too live but after this last season it's been going really well."