Commit Sermons Taking Trips

Brandon Sermons, the defensive back prospect from Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch who is verbally committed to UCLA, took an official visit to another Pac-10 school this last weekend. He explains why he's taking his visits and the status of his recruitment...

Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch cornerback Brandon Sermons (6-1, 183, 4.42), who is verbally committed to UCLA, is using January to take some official visits.

"That was my plan all along, to take some trips and see what other schools have to offer," Sermons said. "If they're going to offer me a trip, even though I'm committed, I might as well take them. People keep asking me if I de-committed from UCLA, and I haven't. I just wanted to see some other schools. I'm still committed to UCLA."

One of the places he visited was Oregon State, taking a trip to Corvallis this past weekend. "The visit to Oregon State, I liked it a lot," said Sermons. "James Dockery was my host and Coach (Keith) Heyward is the one recruiting me, so I spent a lot of time talking with him."

Sermons had never been to the state of Oregon, but finally got his first chance to on his visit.

"It was my first time ever going up there," said Sermons. "The campus is nice and everything about the school is real nice. Everything surrounding Corvallis is nice and the whole town is built around football and the school. The facilities are a little older than some but it's a nice place."

Sermons isn't planning to visit anywhere this coming weekend, though that could change, but he'll be visiting Washington at the end of the month.

"I am planning to visit Washington on the weekend of the 30th," said Sermons. "Coach Demetrice Martin is recruiting me and I've talked to Coach (Steve) Sarkisian some, too. I might take one more visit the weekend before Washington, but I'm not sure."

Prior to his Oregon State visit, Sermons visited UCLA officially. He said: "That trip was great, Aaron Hester was my host, and we had a good time. Sheldon (Price) was up there too and we were just talking last night, and he's saying I better stick with UCLA. With Coach (DeWayne) Walker gone, I've been talking mostly with Coach (Tim) Hauck and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. They discussed playing safety with me and, honestly, I like to play safety. That's what I played in high school and I would have loved to play safety in college so now I'm going to get a chance to come in and play that."

Sermons has had an in-home with UCLA and will be setting up in-homes with Oregon State and Washington.

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