More on Commitment from Hamani Stevens

Hamani Stevens, the 6-2, 290-pound offensive line prospect from Hemet, Calif., verbally committed to UCLA on Saturday, but since hasn't exactly sounded completely "committed." Stevens spoke more about his situation, how he'll attend the USC camp, and visit UCLA's campus, in the next week...

Hamani Stevens verbally committed to UCLA Saturday, but in the few days following his commitment, it seemed like a shadow of doubt had cast over the mind of this three-star prospect.

Stevens talked about it Monday: "I committed to UCLA Saturday. The UCLA coaches were telling me that they were limited on rides for the offensive line, and that they had already reached three offensive line commits, which is the number they were originally aiming for. The coaches at UCLA let me know when they got their first, second and third commitments for the offensive line. So on Saturday I talked with the coaches (at UCLA) and they let me know that they were going to fight to get me the fourth offer. They let me know that if I wanted to be a Bruin, then that was the time. He told me the scholarships were running really low and I didn't want to pass up that opportunity. So I committed right then."

Although Hamani is still committed to the Bruins, he has not completely ruled out the thought of checking out other schools, in particular, USC.

"I've been talking to USC for a while now," he said. "They actually came out and watched me before UCLA. They've been letting me know that they want to take a better look at me, and I'm fine with that. I want to prove that I can play there I am going to head to the Rising Stars Camp this weekend and dominate."

Stevens' intention is to go to USC's camp and earn a scholarship offer from the Trojans.

"I'm going to show them (the USC coaches) that I can play football at that level," Stevens said. "I'm going to go out there and kick butt, I'm just going to play football. The coaches at USC invited me to the camp, and they have been telling me that I'm on the bubble, telling me that I'm also high on their list. They (the USC coaches) told me to just go out there and dominate, be a beast."

Stevens will undoubtedly have his chance to prove himself this weekend, but how will the UCLA commitment react if the Trojans were to offer a scholarship following an impressive outing?

"I mean, that's a really big offer," he answered. "I wouldn't just hop on it right away, but I would definitely have to give them a look. I'm committed to UCLA and I respect them, so I am not going to hop on USC. I need to see what is out there for me, I need to see what will benefit me the most in the end. If it's USC, then its USC."

Regardless of how this situation pans out, the recruitment of Stevens will assuredly be interesting. Stevens has played multiple positions during his high school career, and could end up at a couple of different positions in college.

"I definitely prefer offense," he answered when asked which side of the ball he preferred to play. "I probably prefer guard over any other spot on the line because you can line up and pull or you can get out and hit some linebackers. Center is a good spot too, that's the anchor and the quarterback of the line. The coaches at USC want me to work at center during the camp, but they told me if I wanted to play defense, they are all for it. Whichever position I have a chance to start at, I will play."

The current USC roster has many Polynesian players, including Fili (Moala) and Tiny (Malu), who are his cousins and have been in contact with throughout the recruiting process.

Stevens said he also wants to visit other schools, something he says the UCLA coaches should not be worried about. "I'm still going to look around and see other colleges," he said. "I have a good enough relationship with the UCLA coaches for them not to worry about me doing that."

With the UCLA commitment sounding a bit tentative, the three-star prospect will make a trip to Westwood tomorrow in hopes of figuring out his commitment to the Bruins. Stevens did say, however, that the chances of him de-committing from UCLA are pretty slim.

"I'm going to UCLA tomorrow actually to figure out my commitment and make sure it is final," he said. "The commitment is a little shaky right now, and that is why I am going to head down there tomorrow. For me to go to a different school is pretty unlikely, and that school would really have to blow my mind for me to switch my commitment. I would have to fit in at that place like a piece to a puzzle."


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