Stevens Done Tripping, Nears Decision

Hemet (Calif.) offensive lineman Hamani Stevens is back from his final official visit and all that remains before he makes his decision are in-home visits with the schools he's still considering...

Hemet (Calif.) offensive lineman Hamani Stevens is now down with his official visits, and all that is left between now and Stevens making his decision is in-home visits.

"I just got back from BYU and I really enjoyed it," said Stevens. "Ray Feinga was my host out there and we were real cool with each other."

Stevens said he was the lone visitor on the trip who wasn't either a previous commit or committed on the trip.

"I don't think there was any pressure to commit, but I was the only recruit who wasn't committed. So that was a little different," said Stevens.

Stevens said he spoke in detail with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, which he enjoyed.

"Coach Mendenhall is a great coach and a really impressive person. He makes you feel like his school is the best one," said Stevens.

Now Stevens will have the weekend to himself before he plays in the SoCal Bowl on January 26. That is the date he's targeting for his announcement.

"I might decide and announce then, but it will be before Signing Day," said Stevens. "I'm just looking forward to getting the weekends back."

Stevens said that three schools remain at the top of his list, with a fourth school still in the mix.

"My top three are Arizona State, BYU and Oregon," said Stevens. "UCLA is back in it a little bitmore and they'll be there when I decide. But those are my top three"

The case of UCLA is interesting since at one point, Stevens had committed to the Bruins, only to back away from his pledge days later. When Karl Dorrell and line coach Bob Connelly were fired, Stevens lost interest in the Bruins, but with new coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive line coach Bob Palcic in Westwood now, they made Stevens a priority.

"I had an in-home visit with Coach Palcic (Monday night)," said Stevens. "It was really interesting. He's a really outgoing guy and my parents really like him. He's been coaching for like 30 years and he's pretty amazing. Coach Neuheisel is going to come in for an in-home and meet my family and I still may take an unofficial visit there."

On Wednesday night, Stevens will host Oregon coach Mike Bellotti and then next week, Arizona State's Dennis Erickson and BYU's Mendenhall will make their pitch for the versatile lineman.

"I'm just looking for a team and going full steam ahead with it," said Stevens.

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