One of the top linebacker prospects in the West next year will be Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger standout Uona Kaveinga. Kaveinga just picked up his first scholarship and weâ€™re confident it wonâ€™t be his last.
Kaveinga, 6-1, 235 pounds had a big junior season totaling 115 tackles and 10 sacks to earn all-area and 2nd team all-state underclass honors. Leuzinger coach Deon Tolliver can hardly contain himself when talking about his standout â€˜backer.
â€œHeâ€™s everything you want in a football player,â€ Tolliver said. â€œHeâ€™s the hardest worker on the team and our team captain. He has an incredible motor on the field and never stops coming after you.
â€œHeâ€™s like a heat seeking missile on the field and just kills everything in sight. Heâ€™s a huge hitter and plays with such passion, everyone else just feeds off him.â€
On the recruiting front, Kaveinga is hearing from several schools all over the region and picked up his first offer out of the MWC.
â€œUtah just offered,â€ Tolliver said. â€œBYU is close to offering too. They said they just want to talk to the Bishop at his church since heâ€™s Mormon and the Bishop is actually his dad so I donâ€™t think there will be any worries there.
â€œHeâ€™s also hearing from some Pac 10 schools, namely USC, UCLA and Oregon. He was at USCâ€™s Junior Day and really liked it a lot there. He also likes UCLA a lot, that might even be his top school right now.
â€œHe told me a few weeks ago that the first school to offer him was going to be the team to beat so I know he likes Utah but I think once some of these Pac 10 schools start to offer, itâ€™s going to be hard for him to not go to one of them. Heâ€™s always been a big Pac 10 guy so weâ€™ll just see what happens.â€