Kaluka Maiava is a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns, who selected him with the 104th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft. Maiava played four seasons for the USC Trojans. Maiava is 6-feet tall and weighs 230 pounds. His name is pronounced kuh-LOO-kuh my-AH-vuh.
Maiava was a star linebacker at Baldwin High School in Wailuki, HI. He recorded 147 total tackles (39 for loss) and eight sacks as a junior, putting him on the radar screen of a number of major schools on the mainland. After a strong performance at summer camps in 2004, he gave a soft verbal commitment to UCLA, but left his recruiting open. Scout.com ranked Maiava as the No. 11 linebacker recruit in the class of 2005 and he committed to USC in October of 2004.
Because of USC's depth at linebacker, Maiava spent his first three seasons with the Trojans serving as a backup while also playing on special teams. Despite starting just twice in his first 38 games with the Trojans, Maiava racked up 98 total tackles. He shared USC's special teams player of the year award in both 2005 and 2006. As a senior, Maiava underwent surgery on this thumb and wrist, limiting him in spring practice, but he still won the starting weakside linebacker job. He finished third on the team with 66 total tackles, behind fellow linebackers Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing. He was a second team All-Pac-10 selection, and capped off his career by earning Defensive MVP honors in the 2009 Rose Bowl against Penn State. Following the 2008 season, Maiava was invited to participate in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game, where he had six total tackles in a losing effort for the West team.
Maiava's grandfather is former pro wrestler Neff Maiava and his uncle is Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson. Maiava's father, Scott Mahoney, was an offensive lineman at Colorado, and his brother Kai has played offensive line for Colorado and UCLA.
Kaluka Maiava was selected in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Before the 2009 season, Maiava signed a four-year/$2.266M contract with Cleveland.
USC had 6 defensive players selected in the first four rounds, tying the common draft record set by Ohio State in 2006.
USC: Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Rey Maualuga, Fili Moala, Kaluka Maiava, Kyle Moore
OSU: A.J. Hawk, Donte Whitner, Bobby Carpenter, Ashton Youboty, Anthony Schlegel, Nate Salley
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