Stevens Still High on UCLA

Hemet (Calif.) High's Hamani Stevens, the #5-ranked center prospect in the nation for 2008, came to the UCLA/BYU game two weeks ago. Having verbally committed one time to UCLA, Stevens talks about the school's he's considering and a favorite...

Hemet (Calif.) offensive lineman Hamani Stevens (6-2, 290) maintains a solid group of four schools he's interested in and a few more that are staying in the mix for the four-star prospect.

"Mostly UCLA, Oregon, BYU and Washington, and I'm still looking at Arizona State and Arizona some," said Stevens.

From that list, Stevens said that UCLA is where he is leaning but with two official visits set up and one more in the works, he's open to all of his options.

"I'll take a visit to Oregon and BYU and I'm going to set one up with Washington," said Stevens. "I'm going to Oregon on December 1st for their Civil War Game (with Oregon State) and to BYU on January 11th."

With a Washington visit also planning to be scheduled, will Stevens take an official visit to Westwood?

"I'll probably use an unofficial for UCLA, because it's so close to home. I'm going to use my official visits on out-of-state schools," said Stevens.

Stevens is planning to be in Pasadena this weekend when the Bruins host Washington, and he was there two weeks ago when BYU visited. "It was wild at the Rose Bowl," said Stevens. "The fans were cool. I feel I could actually go to that school. I knew some of the offensive linemen (who committed) and I talked to one of the linebackers, Uona Kaveinga, and he's trying to recruit me and said I should be there with him. After the game I talked with Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach Angus (McClure) and Coach (Bob) Connelly, and they just kept saying, whenever I'm ready they'll take my commitment."

But that, Stevens has learned, isn't as easy as he thought. He already has made a commitment, and quickly changed his mind. "I rushed into it last time, so now I'm waiting for whenever it feels right. I'm not really set on a day this time to decide. Just when I'm ready," said Stevens.

Stevens, ranked #5 at the center postion nationally by Scout.com, is still playing tackle for Hemet, but he said just about each school seriously recruiting him likes him inside. "I worked out at center at the camps this summer, and I'll play center in college," said Stevens. "I know most schools like me there. Oregon, UCLA and BYU all said they would love to have me play center for them."


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