Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger linebacker Uona Kavienga surprised a lot of people last weekend when he de-committed from UCLA and committed to BYU. Although his commitment looks solid, Kaveinga will take one last visit before making a final decision.
Kaveinga, 6-0, 230 pounds has seen his stock soar over this past season. The 'backer is a strong candidate for all-state mention after a big senior season and he also had a strong showing at the recent ESPN All-American game that moved him in to the Rivals 100.
The athlete committed in the Spring to UCLA but backed off when former coach Karl Dorrel was fired. He took a visit to Arizona and then to BYU last weekend where he committed on the trip.
"I was surprised to be honest," Leuzinger head coach Deon Toliver said. "He just felt really comfortable there and with his dad being a pastor and Uona wanting to go on his mission after high school, BYU just felt like the best fit for him.
"UCLA is out right now and is no longer recruiting him. D-Walk (DeWayne Walker) called over the weekend and said they were going to give until Tuesday to see if he would change back and after that, they said they were done with him.
"He is going to trip to USC this weekend though. Ken Norton came to the school yesterday and they talked for a good hour. USC doesn't like their players to do missions but Uona said as long as he was playing, he would do his mission after college and if he wasn't playing, he would take it while he was there and they agreed on that.
"Norton said some good things to him about his faith. He said with USC being in such a big market and with the exposure they get, he could really do a lot to make his faith known to a lot of people.
"I think Uona is pretty solid with BYU though. He really likes it at BYU and he told me he's not really concerned with where he's at or how big the market is. I think he feels BYU is such a comfort zone for him and that's most important to him.
"The entire BYU staff was here to see him yesterday and they'll be back in his home tonight. After his visit to USC, I expect him to still end up at BYU but you never know, I was surprised when he jumped from UCLA to BYU so we'll see what happens."