Dennis Will Decide Today

The talented tailback from Long Beach Poly, Hershel Dennis, took his last official visit to UCLA this weekend, and he talks about the three schools he's considering...

Hershel Dennis, 5-11, 190, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, returned from his official visit to UCLA last night and said that all three schools he's considering were even – but that he considers himself still a soft commitment to USC.

Dennis also said he'd more than likely announce his decision today.

"The trip was good," Dennis said. "I learned a lot of things about UCLA that I didn't know."

When asked if he had a leader, Dennis said, "No, they're pretty much all the same right now, UCLA, USC and Oregon."

When asked if he still considered himself verbally committed to USC, he answered, "Yeah, a soft commitment."

The talented tailback said his mother accompanied him on the trip this weekend, while his father was away on business. He said last night that he was waiting for his father to return home so they could sit down and talk as a family about his decision. "I'm thinking about it tonight and I'll talk about it when my dad comes home. The goal is that I'll decide by tomorrow (Monday)."

Dennis said his mom was very satisfied with what UCLA had to offer academically. UCLA had been trailing USC and Oregon, but Dennis said that the trip affected him enough to where in his mind he had no leader – even though he said he still is a soft commitment to USC.

Among the three schools, Dennis said they each have their advantages.

For UCLA: "They have a good offensive line, and even a better one to come in the next couple of years. They've done a good job of recruiting for the line. It's a great environment, great academically and there's strong alumni support. It's a good program."

For USC: "They have good academics. I think they're going to be a program on the rise and have a future. They also have real strong alumni."

For Oregon: "It's a very good program, with good facilities. It would be a nice place to go to college, to get out of L.A.. There aren't many distractions up there so you could concentrate on school and football."

When asked if the decision of Winston Justice would impact his own, Dennis conceded it would. "I mean, I'll go where it's best for me," he said. "But what Winston does is an influence."

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