Devils Still High on Center's Favorite List

Arizona State has been heavily recruiting Hamani Stevens in the last few weeks, and their efforts haven't gone unnoticed. The Hemet (Calif.) four-star prospect is holding the maroon and gold in high regard. How close is he to making a decision and what unique factors are determining his timetable? Stevens shared his thoughts about his recruitment with Devils Digest.

6-2 290 Hamani Stevens visited Tempe in the middle of October, during the weekend of Arizona State's victory over Washington. After that visit he told Devils Digest how impressed he was with the way that the Sun Devil offense line preformed. Yesterday, he did watch the maroon and gold battle UCLA, another school Stevens is considering, and once again he praised the ASU's offense. "Usually you expect the defensive line to be the more aggressive group," he said. "But Arizona State's offensive line was more aggressive. The whole team played very hard and you can tell they're a good team."

The center has forged good relationships with the ASU's coaches, and was particularly complimentary towards the Sun Devil Head Coach. "Coach Erickson is a very impressive coach," Stevens remarked. "Coach Erickson is the type of coach that gets his teams to the next level and players that play for him have a chance to play at the next level. I can see myself playing for Arizona State."

Aside from ASU, Stevens, ranked fifth in the nation in his position by, already visited Colorado. He has visits scheduled with Oregon on 12/1 and BYU on 12/11. He added that he may officially visit UCLA.

What sets him apart from the typical high school recruit, let alone most blue chip prospects, is the fact that Stevens could graduate in December. Thus, he could be that rare mid-year high school signee that would be eligible to enroll in January and get valuable experience in spring practice.

"I haven't decided if I'm gonna do that," he replied in response to whether he would go that route. "I'm already qualified for college and my high school said I could graduate early. It's just up to me if I wanna do that or just enjoy the rest of my senior year."

Needless to say that if he does decide to have his eligibility clock start ticking shortly after the first of the year, time is of the essence when it comes to his decision. "I'm unsure when I'm gonna make my decision," he remarked. "I know I want to visit more schools, but I could make a decision before I take all my visits."

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