Hamani Stevens Sets MSU Visit

Michigan State's 38-31 come from behind win over Penn State had an interested observer watching the outcome closely, Hemet offensive lineman Hamani Stevens.

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HEMET, CA - Michigan State's 38-31 come from behind win over Penn State had an interested observer watching the outcome closely, Hemet offensive lineman Hamani Stevens.

Stevens, who was scheduled to visit Michigan State in November, still has the Spartans high on his radar and is in the process of setting up his official visit to East Lansing.

"Yeah, of course, I'm very interested in Michigan State. I just talked to the offensive line coach, Coach Roushar," said Stevens.

"He said that we can reschedule the official to Michigan State, either December 1st or December 8th, but it'll probably be the 8th because December 1st, I'm going up to Oregon so it'll probably be the weekend after that." He also has a visit set to BYU for January 11th.

Stevens said he had no connection and no relatives in the Michigan area, but he has always been a fan of the Green-and-White and he likes the style of football they're playing nowadays.

"Yeah, that's the Big Ten, that's some serious football," laughed Stevens. "They have great tradition over there and I really like the coaching staff and I just have a good feeling about them and it seems like a good opportunity to play early on a good football team."

What did he think of MSU's come from behind win over Penn State?

"I watched that game, that was a pretty exciting game and they pulled it out in the last minute. I think Coach Dantonio is a pretty outstanding coach and playing under him would be a great opportunity."

Does his family worry about him being so far away from home?

"They're all for any decision I make as long as I'm sure its a good decision for me and I go all with it all the way. They're for any decision that I make."

Stevens says if MSU get a bid to the Insight Bowl in Tempe, AZ, expect to see him on the sidelines. "Yes, for sure, I'd make that trip."

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound pivot man says he's has four schools that he likes and they include Michigan State, Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA in no certain order. BYU would likely be his fifth of the five.

We asked Stevens what was the story behind his commitment and then de-commitment from UCLA was all about. "Well it was kind of like, not real good communication," he explained. "The coaches were coming on saying 'the scholarship offer is now and if you don't commit, someone may take your place.' So I felt like I was being pressured into it, so I committed just because of that, not because I wanted to come to that school."

"I'm glad I didn't stay committed because I would have missed out on a lot of stuff and now I get to see all the schools and I can't wait to come out and see Michigan State and see what it's all about so I'm glad I made that decision."

While he's going to take his time and make all five of his visits, Stevens has a plan to get on with his decision making so that he can start his collegiate career.

"[I'll decided] sometime soon, because I would like to get myself into a program and start working out graduate early and maybe play some spring ball."

Despite his excellence on the field, the Hemet Bulldogs didn't have the kind of success they hoped for. The Red-and-Gold did manage to stay above the high water mark.

"We did OK, we were real young," Stevens said. "I was one of only six seniors on the team, we had a real young team, but we were only 5-5. I had a pretty good season overall, though.

I went back and played offensive tackle, guard and center, I played every position on the offensive line. I went and played defense also."

The big versatile lineman is also aware that MSU graduates four seniors including center John Masters, guard Kenny Shane, tackle Pete Clifford and offensive tackle/guard Mike Gyetvai.

"The coaches let me know that, they said 'you have an opportunity to come in and maybe start' so that's another big plus.

GSN will keep you up to date on the upcoming visit of Stevens and other blue chippers as recruiting season heats up.

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