Now, 15 years later, it's the younger Sermons who's going through the recruiting process himself, having earned a good number of scholarship offers, and getting interest from many more schools.
While Sermons doesn't have a leader, he said five schools are standing out for him.
"My top five are probably Arizona, USC, UCLA, Miami and Colorado," said Sermons. "But honestly, I'm interested in all the Pac-10 schools. I want to stay on the West Coast, and my family does too. But I've got to do what I've got to do, so if that means go back east, I could."
Sermons has offers from two of his top five schools, Arizona and Colorado, but because he's in no rush to make a decision, he'll have time to earn more offers, which is part of his plan.
"I don't want to make my decision until after football season," said Sermons. "I want to be able to take some trips."
Sermons said his size is ideal for corner, and no school looks at him as anything but a corner. "I want to stay at corner, I don't really want to play safety. I like to lockdown my man," said Sermons.
Growing up, watching USC games, the Trojans definitely have Sermons' eye, but he said that he's not getting any pressure from his family to go there, should the Trojans offer.
"I'm not really getting pressured," said Sermons. "They realize this is my decision and I need to make the best decision for me. That's why I'm looking at every school, and considering everyone."
During his junior season, Sermons averaged six tackles a game and had a pair of interceptions.
Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1370 on the SAT.