Stevens Latest OL To Commit

UCLA picked up its fourth commitment along the offensive line, and its 19th in the class of 2008, when Hemet (Calif.) lineman Hamani Stevens verballed to the Bruins on Sunday...

UCLA's offensive line class, empty two weeks ago, now is up to four, and the class of 2008 now has 19 commitments, thanks to a verbal on Saturday from Hemet (Calif.) lineman Hamani Stevens (6-2, 290).

"I committed on Saturday to Coach (Karl) Dorrell," said Stevens. "He was all excited that I committed."

Stevens had been one of the earliest recipients of a UCLA offer on the offensive line and had been a target of the staff for a while. Stevens said in talking with line coach Bob Connelly after his commitment, that his future position coach was thrilled.

"Coach Connelly was wondering what took me so long," said Stevens. "He was like 'you were messing with me taking so long'. He was pretty happy."

Stevens said he was up to 13 offers, with Michigan State, Washington and UTEP, where his older brother Tevita plays, the most recent schools to offer.

"UCLA wants me to come in as a guard or maybe as a center, but Coach Connelly said he's just happy for me to commit," said Stevens.

While he says he's pretty solid to UCLA, he did indicate that he may take some trips in the fall.

"I don't know, I might take some visits, but I don't know yet right now. I'm going to USC's Rising Seniors Camp and I might go to UCLA's camp too, but I don't know about trips," said Stevens.

Oregon was one of the earlier schools to offer Stevens, and he visited Eugene last weekend for the Nike Camp, where he was one of the standouts, and he was impressed by the Oregon campus.

"It was amazing up there," said Stevens. "The facilities were very nice. And I did really good at the camp and was one of the top players there."

Still, Stevens said he's happy with his decision to commit to UCLA.

"I just wanted to get my name on one of those (offers)," said Stevens.

Stevens was a First Team all-state underclass pick last fall, but said that this fall would be his last year on the defensive side of the ball, the offensive line his destination in college.

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