So on Tuesday night, the three-star cornerback decided to end his recruitment.
"I did commit to UCLA," said Sermons. "I committed to both Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Dewayne) Walker."
One of the Bruins' chief targets since the early part of summer, Sermons had offers from over 10 schools, and chose the Bruins over Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State, largely in part because he wants to help reestablish the Bruin program.
"I want to help create a new dynasty there," said Sermons.
Sermons is the third player to verbal to the Bruins in the last week, and the fourth from the Inland Empire in the class of 2009. He also gives the Bruins a boost in the secondary, since two earlier commits have chosen to go elsewhere. And he'll be reunited with longtime friend Sheldon Price, who committed to the Bruins in April.
"Sheldon was like the first one to call me (after I committed) too," said Sermons. "That's my boy."
The coaching staff also played a big part in his decision.
"The coaches and the players were why I committed there," said Sermons. "Coach Neuheisel and Coach Walker and I have gotten a good relationship."
Sermons' brother, Rodney, is a former USC running back, and he said his brother was happy for him, even if he was choosing a rival school.
"He just laughed and said congrats," said Sermons
Sermons is the 10th verbal to UCLA in the class of 2009 and the fifth on the defensive side of the ball.