Miami commit Brad Kaaya paid his own way to watch Miami play its bowl game against Louisville in Orlando, and he said he wouldn't be doing that if he planned to decommit from his Hurricanes pldege.

Brad Kaaya made a good point Sunday when talking about his commitment to Miami.

The West Hills [Calif.] Chaminade quarterback has been the subject of speculation that he is going to decommit from the Hurricanes for local Southern California favorites UCLA or USC, but seeing him in Orlando squashed any such rumors.

“I’m committed to Miami. I wouldn’t’ be flying all the way out here, spending my own money … buying my own ticket for a bowl game,” Kaaya said.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Kaaya made the trip to watch Miami in this past weekend’s Russell Athletic Bowl, and saw the Hurricanes lose 36-9 against Louisville. He then ventured out to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports the next day to watch some of his future UM teammates during practice for the Under Armour All-American Game.

His appearance in Orlando effectively shut down any rumors there are to his UM commitment, but he did say he understands the speculation.

“Being from Los Angeles and people think, ‘Oh, USC or UCLA want him … he’s gonna go there,’ ” Kaaya said.  “I’m sure if a kid out here was committed to USC or UCLA and was from Miami ... they might think he might decommit and go there too, so it goes both ways.”

He was able to meet up with a few players that he will eventually team with at Miami, like Under Armour selections Braxton Berrios, a receiver from North Carolina; Chad Thomas, a defensive end from Miami Booker T. Washington; Kc McDermott, an offensive lineman from Palm Beach Central High; and Trevor Darling, an offensive lineman from Miami Central. Another UM commit and Darling’s teammate, running back Joseph Yearby, is also on the roster but unable to play do to a broken leg he suffered in the state playoffs.

He also was able to meet current Hurricanes offensive lineman and McDermott’s older brother Shane, a junior this past season, at the Under Armour practice.

“It was nice … I was talking to Braxton out here and all these guys … and Shane McDermott, actually,” Kaaya said.

Kaaya will be playing the U.S. Marine Corps-sponsored Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif., on Sunday at 9 p.m.

“It’s awesome to be playing in my home state one last time … I’m looking forward to it,” Kaaya said. “

 

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