Stevens Clears Up Commitment

Hemet (Calif.) lineman Hamani Stevens visited UCLA on Tuesday to clear the air with the Bruin coaching staff about his commitment over the weekend, and talks about his current recruiting status and how the meeting went...

Hemet (Calif.) offensive lineman Hamani Stevens committed to UCLA over the weekend, but almost immediately began to think he may have jumped the gun.

Wanting to clear the air with the UCLA coaching staff, Stevens made the trip to Westwood on Tuesday to talk with offensive line coach Bob Connelly and head coach Karl Dorrell.

"We got everything straightened out," said Stevens. "We talked today about my commitment and we all decided that I'm not committed because I said I was rushing it. They were ok with it and were glad I came and talked it over with them. I talked with Coach Connelly mainly and a little bit with Coach Dorrell. They said to make sure what my decision is and they were fine with me taking some more time."

Stevens said that not too long after he committed, he was having second thoughts, not so much about choosing UCLA, but by making a choice period.

"UCLA is still my number one school, but I just rushed into making my decision without being all the way ready to commit," said Stevens. "And the coaches understood that. They said there is no pressure on me to commit right away. I mean, they said I don't have all the time in the world to make my choice, to do it in a timely manner, but they're not pressuring me to commit. They said I still have a scholarship waiting for me."

Stevens said he still plans to attend USC's camp this weekend, but while there has been talk that its strictly to audition for the USC coaches, he said there is more to it than that.

"I'm going to go there to better myself," said Stevens. "I'm not trying to go just for a scholarship offer. A lot of guys are going to be trying for that. I'm going so I can better myself as a player. It's not like if they offer me, I'm committing to them either. I'm not really ready to commit anywhere right now."

Stevens said the past few days were a bit stressful for him, but with his conversation with the UCLA coaches done, he's feeling a sense of relief.

"I feel a lot better," said Stevens. "I'm glad we got everything cleared up."


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