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UCLA lands talented linebacker

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The UCLA Bruins are steaming hot on the recruiting trail as they have claimed three more top-flight Southern California prospects on a beautiful Saturday in Los Angeles. One of the three the Bruins received a commitment from is linebacker Uona Kavienga (6-0, 228, 4.6) from Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger.
"I feel relieved that is over," Kavienga said. "I can relax and concentrate on my senior season now that I'm committed to UCLA they were one of the schools that I really liked.
Once again the team of DeWayne Walker and Eric Scott remains on fire on the recruiting front for UCLA.
"I really like UCLA's coaching staff," Kavienga said. "Coach Walker and Coach E Scott
"They tell you the truth, straight up. They really love California football players.
"UCLA runs the same defense, the 4-3, that my high school runs," Kavienga said. "I like UCLA football and the environment at UCLA.
"UCLA is like my high school. It is like a family there."
Kavienga is an outstanding athlete and fits B ruin profile of a player who could legitimately play more than one position on the D-I level as a fullback or linebacker.
The Bruins recruited him as a middle linebacker.
Leuzinger assistant coach Ralph Oliver was on hand today in Westwood and he was really proud of his football player.
"I'm glad he's at UCLA and that he can possibly start a new trend for Leuzinger players to stay local," Oliver said. "The Bruins are getting a special player in Uona. His nickname is "Fresh" because he was the only freshman to play on varsity his freshman year and he was fresh meat. The nickname stuck."
The Bruins won the services of Kavienga over offers from Arizona, BYU and Utah. Oregon and Nebraska were recruiting him hard and offers were expected.
USC had Kavienga at their junior day where former Bruin linebacker and now Trojan linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. told him that he reminded him of Lofa Tatupu.
Good get for UCLA.
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