Sermons and His Connections

Brandon Sermons, the 6-1, 188-pound cornerback prospect from Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch, updated us on his recruitment, particularly which schools are recruiting him the hardest, and the connections he obviously has to USC, but also some with UCLA's committed players...

Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch cornerback Brandon Sermons (6-1, 188, 4.42) has been growing frustrated with how the season has gone so far.

"It's getting frustrating because no one ever throws to my side," said Sermons. "All of my tackles are coming in run support. Quarterbacks just won't throw to me. I'm getting mad. But we had a bye this weekend, and then we play Bishop Amat this week and I told my brother (Bishop Amat assistant Rodney Sermons) that they better throw to my side."

Despite the season not going according to his plan, recruiting is fitting in just fine with Sermons, who said he's happy with how that is going.

"Recruiting is going really good, I've still got 11 offers and a lot of schools have either come to our games or are coming to some," said Sermons. "I'm taking it all in stride and just keeping all of my options open. I don't really have a favorite right now, I'm trying to stay wide open."

Sermons said that a handful of schools have been recruiting him harder than others. "UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Colorado have been the main ones I hear from the most," said Sermons. "Coach (DeWayne) Walker from UCLA was at our game a couple of weeks ago and Coach (Greg) Brown from Colorado was at our game, too. The Arizona and Arizona State coaches said they'd be coming to a game in the next couple of weeks."

Sermons talked about UCLA: "I was at the game against Arizona and I'm really good friends with (UCLA commits) Sheldon Price and Isaiah Bowens and they were just telling me to come to UCLA with them," said Sermons. "I talk with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel a lot and I have a really good relationship with him, too."

It was planned for Sermons to attend the UCLA/Washington State game Saturday, also.

Sermons' family connection to USC, where Rodney played, is still a factor in his recruitment, though Sermons said that a USC offer doesn't appear imminent.

"There is still interest in USC and it's always a possibility, but I haven't heard much from them about an offer," said Sermons.

Sermons said he doesn't anticipate taking any official visits until after the season ends. "I'm thinking I'll visit Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and one of the two Oregon schools. I'll leave the fifth one open. I probably will just take an unofficial visit to UCLA since it's so close to home," said Sermons.

Sermons said he's racked up a lot of tackles, despite the lack of interest quarterbacks have in throwing to his side, but he's still doing what he can to make plays.

"I'm playing a little tailback and receiver on offense to get some plays. When we played Colony, I was bummed Kenneth (Scott, their 2010 receiver), didn't play because he's my good friend and I would have covered him and they would have had to throw to me," said Sermons.

With a bye this weekend, Sermons said he hopes his brother's team follows through on his plan to be challenged. The game – between Diamond Ranch and Bishop Amat – will be televised Friday on FSN Prime Ticket.

"That will be a good game and a fun one. Me and my brother are already talking all kinds to each other," said Sermons.

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