Hawaii OL Has Five to Visit

Micah Kia

The 22nd best offensive line prospect in the country, 6-5, 305-pound Micah Kia from Hawaii, has UCLA high on his list, a list that has five schools he intends to visit officially...

The top player in Hawaii, and the No. 2-ranked offensive lineman in the west by Scout.com, Mililani (Hawaii) High's Micah Kia (6-5, 305), has finally been able to do what he had been hoping to do weeks ago: get on the field.

Kia suffered a tibia injury during fall practice, but finally returned to the field last week.

"I'm not completely recovered but I am glad to be back out there," said Kia. "It's coming along slowly, but its good enough for me to be back."

Kia said that the injury hasn't affected his standing in the eyes of college football coaches. "I've gotten a bunch of offers and they are all still there," said Kia. "I have a top five of UCLA, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oregon State and USC (who has yet to offer). I want to take a trip to each of those schools."

UCLA coach Dino Babers is recruiting Kia and he knows Bruin commit Dylan Rush. "We went to the same camps but he is on a neighboring island so I don't get to really talk to him or see him," said Kia.

Kia said he will definitely visit five schools before making a decision, and his likely destination will be on the mainland. "I wouldn't say definitely but most likely I'm going to the mainland (for school)," Kia said.

His older brother Aaron plays at Hawaii and Kia has seen the recruiting process up close. "My brother has talked with me about recruiting. He hasn't really said anything about me going to Hawaii. He just told me to leave the decision up to me and do what is best for me," Kia said.

Kia plans to take his official visits when the season is complete. "We're undefeated right now and I have full confidence that we can win the state championship so that is where my focus is at," Kia said. "I probably won't decide (on a college) until January."

When Kia was named the No. 1 player in Hawaii by Scout.com, he said it was pretty exciting. He said, "It came as quite a surprise, actually. It was a great honor and something I never expected to happen, especially as a lineman. I'm just trying to live up to it."

Academically, Kia holds a 3.8 GPA and has a qualifying SAT by the NCAA Clearinghouse standards.

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