The wide receiver prospect from Gardena Serra, <b>Devin Stearns</b>, had planned to commit early in December but his plans and official visit schedule has had to be re-shuffled...
Devin Stearns, 6-2, 180, 4.44, Gardena (Calif.) Serra, has been making some changes to his official visit schedule. He also found out he received an offer from another Pac-10 school about five weeks after it was sent, and he has decided to spend Christmas in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Asked if UCLA still rated as one of his top schools, he said, "My favorite home school is still UCLA. My favorite away schools are Washington and Oregon.
When asked which school is he hearing the most from recently, Stearns said, "The most would be Washington. They are calling and sending lots of mail. Whenever they call it is always Rick Neuheisel on the phone. I like that."
Having already visited Cal and Oregon, Stearns talked about how he's had to juggle his official visit schedule. "I'm now going to visit Washington on December 20. I was supposed to go to Arizona State this Saturday, but we have a game so I have to reschedule that one. It will be some time in December though. I am going to make my UCLA trip (December 13) an unofficial trip. And it looks like I'm going to Hawaii on December 25 for an official visit."
Stearns has visited Oregon on the weekend of November 2nd and Cal October 19th. "I saw Oregon play Stanford. I had a good visit to Oregon. When I took the Cal trip in October I saw them beat UCLA when I was there."
The Oregon visit – and the scholarship offer from the Ducks – was a bit of an unusual situation. When you receive a steady flow of recruiting mail there is certainly the possibility that you can misplace a letter or two. Such is the case in the Stearns household. "The funny thing was I never knew Oregon had offered me a scholarship. The day before I went up there my mom had it in the trunk of the car, and it was buried under a whole lot of stuff. It was there for five weeks."
Before the scheduling changes, Stearns had hoped to make a decision around his birthday on December 12, but he still hopes to get all his visits completed before the end of the year. "Hopefully, I can decide by then. I want to decide after I take my last trip."
It's turned into a mad scramble this December for Stearns. The CIF football playoffs have also caused him to reschedule trips as well. With Serra playing in the CIF Division X semi-finals this Saturday against Cathedral a win puts Serra into the finals on December 13. "We played them earlier in the season. We beat them in a close game. Our offense wasn't doing too well at that time. If our offense plays well, we should be able to handle them."
Last Friday night Stearns went against Temple City and one of the top defensive backs in the state, Desmond Reed. "He never played corner against me, but they tried to bracket me with the corner the whole night. I had four receptions in that game. I played safety too, and I had a couple of tackles." Serra defeated Temple City 35-14.
Stearns is fully qualified.