Stevens Has Offer from UCLA

The 6-3, 295-pound two-way lineman from Hemet, Calif., Hamani Stevens, already has four scholarship offers, including two from Pac-10 schools, one of those being UCLA. He talked about his recruitment to us, which schools are his early favorites, and other offers he's expecting...

Hemet (Calif.) two-way lineman Hamani Stevens (6-2.5, 295) is no stranger to the recruiting process, having watched his older brother Tevita go through it three years ago before signing with UTEP.

Now it's Hamani's turn and already he's received four scholarship offers, two from the Pac-10, with another school in the conference also on his wish list.

"UCLA offered me a scholarship (last week) and the other schools that have offered me are San Diego State, BYU and Oregon," said Stevens. "The other schools that I am interested in are USC, Colorado, Arizona, Cal, Utah, Florida and Washington."

Stevens said his top four current top schools are Oregon, USC, UCLA and Arizona State.

"USC said they liked me a lot and want me to go to their camp and whichever position I do better at, they could offer me," said Stevens, who attended USC's Junior Day this past weekend.

Stevens also attended UCLA's Junior Day earlier this month and the offer from the Bruins, which comes as an offensive lineman, was one he was anticipating. "I loved it there. It is a great campus and it was a great Junior Day," said Stevens. "Coach (John) Wristen told me an offer would be coming."

When comparing the two Southern California schools, Stevens noted a key difference. "The environment is just way different at both schools," said Stevens. "They are both kind of the same in some ways, but the feel is different."

A First Team All-State underclass selection as a defensive tackle, Stevens said he has no preference for which side of the ball he'll play, but did give a nod to offense. "I'll play either guard or center in college if I play offensive line," said Stevens.

BYU is recruiting him as an offensive lineman and Oregon has said he could play on either side of the ball.

Stevens said he was in no hurry to make a decision, that he wanted to take his time. "I'm wide open and I want to see all of my options before I decide," said Stevens. "It's still too early for me. I could get into a bad mood about a school."

Stevens said his older brother has been a big help to him early on in the process. "He's been my go-to-guy about colleges," said Stevens. "He told me to get a list, check off stuff, what you like about it, if it's in the Pac-10 or a big conference, what you're wanting to major in. I want to major in computer science so I'll look at which school has that."

This spring, Stevens said he will be attending the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, the Combine and USC's Lineman Camp.

Academically, Stevens is in excellent shape and he said he will take the SAT in the spring.

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