Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Kaaya has sights set on several schools
By Erik McKinney
It's been a busy spring for quarterback Brad Kaaya (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade), who has logged visits across the country, including trips to Arizona State, Miami, Stanford and UCLA. This past weekend, the 6-foot-4, 213-pound signal-caller was at Oklahoma State, getting his first look at the Stillwater, Okla., campus.
Brad Kaaya came away impressed by Oklahoma State after a visit.
Kaaya said he enjoyed watching how the coaching staff treated the players, and he was truly impressed with head coach Mike Gundy.
"Coach Gundy was the first coach I saw," Kaaya said. "He made sure he was the first coach I saw and that we got to have a private conversation and spend a lot of time together. At most schools you only get a short period of time with the head coach, but coach Gundy made sure he was the first coach to meet me."
During the visit, Kaaya was able to take in the spring game, and liked what he saw from the Cowboys' offense.
"It's a great offense for me because it's the same offense I run at my school -- no-huddle and throwing it downfield," Kaaya said. "They do a lot of the things we do, so I think it would be one of the easier transitions."
Off the field, Kaaya was most impressed with the Oklahoma State fans. He said that while walking around the town, seeing the number of people decked out in orange and black really hammered home the fan support the Cowboys receive locally.
Overall, Oklahoma State did very well with Kaaya, who said he would like to make an early commitment but is going to weigh all of his options for as long as possible.
He holds offers from Miami and San Diego State at this point, and Oklahoma State is in a group that also includes Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA as programs showing heavy interest. Kaaya said the topic of a possible scholarship offer came up, but the Cowboys coaches told him they need to see him throw in person first, which they will do on May 1.
"Every school has something special to it, but Oklahoma State is a school I can see myself at," Kaaya said.
This visit finished the big trips for Kaaya this spring, but he said he will try to get to San Diego State at some point in the near future. He added that the coaching staffs from Arizona State and UCLA have picked up their interest in a big way recently.