Miami Hurricanes' Brad Kaaya leaving school for NFL draft

Brad Kaaya leaves as the most prolific quarterback in Miami Hurricanes history.
Brad Kaaya leaves as the most prolific quarterback in Miami Hurricanes history.
Published Jan. 3, 2017

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft, the Hurricanes announced Monday evening.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound California native leaves as the most prolific quarterback in school history. He set UM records in passing yards (9,968), completions (72) and attempts (1,188) in his 38 starts. He also ranks among the top three all time in touchdown passes (69) and completion percentage (60.6).

Kaaya was projected by some as a potential No. 1 overall pick before his junior season but could slip out of the first round in this spring's draft.

"Attending a university this far from home wasn't the easiest transition initially, but this program provided me a home away from home ever since my arrival in 2014," Kaaya said in a statement. "Since then I have registered as a resident of Florida and am proud to call Miami my long-term home. I plan to be involved with the University of Miami moving forward as I pursue my degree in communications. I also will give back to this university and South Florida community, two places that had such a positive impact on my life. I look forward to watching Coach (Mark) Richt and his staff, and our team do even bigger and better things for years to come.

"This was one of the toughest decisions of my life, however, I have zero worries that The U will indeed be back. No matter who is under center next season, I have no doubt in my mind they will have the platform and the resources around them to bring a major championship back to Coral Gables. Miami will forever hold a special place in my heart and I am proud to say that I will always be a Miami Hurricane."