Stevens, Kaveinga Back On UCLA Radar

Two former commits to UCLA, Hamani Stevens and Uona Kaveinga, are reportedly reconsidering the Bruins, in Stevens' case, strongly, and both situations are worth watching between now and Signing Day...

UCLA once had commitments from Hamani Stevens, the offensive lineman from Hemet (Calif.) and from Uona Kaveinga, the linebacker from Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger.

Stevens decommitted just days after verballing to the Bruins, while Kaveinga changed his mind 10 months after his original commitment.

Now, UCLA is getting back in the mix for both.

Stevens had all but eliminated UCLA as recently as last weekend, but after having head coach Rick Neuheisel in for an in-home, along with offensive line coach Bob Palcic, the Bruins are right back in the running for Stevens.

"I'm focusing now on UCLA, Oregon and BYU," said Stevens. "They're all running neck-and-neck. I was going to announce on Friday, but now I'm waiting till next Wednesday."

Stevens said that his Signing Day announcement will be around noon at his school.

So how did the Bruins get back into it?

"The coaches really had a good visit here," said Stevens. "Seven of their eight coaches have been in the NFL and Coach Palcic has coached a lot of great players. My family really liked what he had to say. They also like Coach Neuheisel a lot."

Stevens is one of the few prospects from the West Coast who's taken all five of his official visits, but on Saturday, he'll take an unofficial trip to UCLA.

"The coaches want me to come out on Saturday, go to the basketball game, and meet with them," said Stevens. "So I'm going to do that with my family."

As for Kaveinga, he's gone underground since committing to BYU, but we're now hearing that he's been in contact with UCLA and is hoping to get back in the good graces with the coaching staff.

It isn't certain if Kaveinga has said he wants to recommit, or if he's just trying to open the lines of communication, but several recruits have said that he's told them he'd like to rejoin them.

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