The future quarterback class at the University of Miami just expanded — that is, if Hialeah High’s Alin Edouard doesn’t back out of the oral pledge he made in February to play for UM, his “dream school” that he indicated is no longer a lock.
West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade High junior Brad Kaaya, a 6-4, 213-pound pro-style quarterback rated three stars by Rivals.com — the same rating given to dual-threat Edouard — committed to UM on Monday.
Kaaya completed 126 of 186 passes for 1,875 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season as a junior for 12-2 Chaminade, located just outside Los Angeles. His only two interceptions came in the state title game, a 30-28 loss to Serra Gardena. He is rated by Rivals as the nation’s 19th best pro-style quarterback prospect.
Edouard, who committed to UM in February and was offered a scholarship by former UM assistant Mario Cristobal (now at Alabama), said new UM offensive coordinator James Coley communicated with him for the first time Monday — via a private message on Facebook.
“I had no previous communication with Coach Coley at all,” said Edouard, rated by Rivals as the 16th best dual-threat quarterback. “I’m guessing either they don’t really want me, or it’s just something that happened. He asked me on Facebook if I trusted him and I said, ‘Yeah, I trust you, but I don’t want to change my position [to receiver or anything else].’
Taking no chances
“I’m 6-1 1/2 and I don’t want to take the chance of playing receiver. He was like, ‘Running routes isn’t even in the picture, so don’t even think about that.’
“But I’m still worried — not about the quarterback competition, but about them possibly changing my position. What can I say? I saw it coming, to tell you the truth. UM is not the same to me as it was before.”
Edouard completed 64 of 132 passes for 926 yards and nine touchdowns, with nine interceptions as a junior last season. He ran for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.
Edouard is good friends with former Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is going into his junior season at Louisville. Bridgewater was committed to UM before former coach Randy Shannon left, then shifted his allegiance to Louisville. Edouard said he has talked to at least two Louisville coaches, including head coach Charlie Strong, and is very interested in the Cardinals.
He also listed USF, Syracuse and Tennessee as options to replace UM — should he decommit.
Locked and loaded
The Canes are loaded with quarterbacks and have also offered a scholarship to two-star Malik Rosier of Mobile, Ala., for 2014. For now, besides senior Stephen Morris, there’s junior Ryan Williams, redshirt freshmen Gray Crow, Preston Dewey and David Thompson, walk-on freshman Garrison Lassiter and incoming freshman Kevin Olsen.
As for Kaaya (pronounced KIE-ya), he is thrilled to have committed to the Hurricanes, according to his coach, Ed Croson, who also coached UM kicker Matt Goudis.
“Coach Coley played the biggest part in the connection,” said Croson, who listed San Diego State, Oklahoma State, Colorado and Stanford as other options. “Brad feels great about what UM wants to do with the offense — throw the ball around a lot — and he is convinced it’s a good fit for him.
“Brad is 6-4, almost a 4.0 student and has a 240-pound hang clean. For a 17-year-old, that’s huge. He’s a great big guy, and he’s explosive. He’s seen the quarterbacks at UM, and he feels he can compete with them.”