Hemsley visited UCLA on Tuesday afternoon and, by the time he left the campus, he had added a scholarship offer from the Bruins.
"The visit and offer was really breathtaking, and it felt pretty good to get an offer from a high and prestigious university like UCLA, and one that thinks I'm good enough to play for them," said Hemsley.
"Going up there was a random thing," said Hemsley. "I'm right in their backyard and they said why not come up and see them, and meet with them. It gave me an opportunity to get a real feel for how they are. It was mostly just me meeting with the coaches. We decided I'll take a real unofficial up there in the next 2-3 weeks and tour the campus."
Hemsley said he connected well with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and head coach Jim Mora.
"Coach Klemm and I hit it off pretty well and connected pretty well. He has pro experience, too, which is important to me. I like him a lot," said Hemsley. "Coach Mora is a great coach as well and he has what it takes to bring the talent out of me. UCLA has been doing well the last couple of years and that's because of him."
Still playing basketball for Windward, Hemsley and his team play their first-round CIF-SS playoff game tonight.
He's also figuring out his camp plans for the spring and summer.
"I know I'm going to go to the Oakland NFTC again and then probably a few college camps," said Hemsley. "Last year when I went to the Oakland NFTC, I visited Cal and Stanford that weekend so I'll do that again."
Hemsley said he's in no rush to make a decision, and doesn't plan to name a leader for a while.
"It's really early in the process and I'm not entirely sure where I want to go," said Hemsley. "I'm not entirely sure when I want to decide either. It will probably be the fall of my senior year. That's when I'm aiming on making a decision."
Hemsley said he plans to play AAU hoops for California Supreme this spring and summer and then one more season for Windward in his senior year, but then basketball will likely come to an end for him after that.
"I'll probably shut it down after high school and just play one more season of high school ball and AAU," said Hemsley. "I'll be all football in college."
At 275 pounds now, Hemsley said he wants to add a little more weight to his frame.
"I, of course, want to stay nimble to maximize my abilities for what I do in college, but some good muscle weight would be great," said Hemsley.
Academically, Hemsley has a 3.1 and will take the SAT in May.