Serra ATH still open after UW visit

Devin Stearns is a 6-2, 175-pound athlete from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, and when we talked to Devin Sunday night he was more than happy to talk about his visit to Seattle this weekend. But he was even more excited to pass along the good news regarding his teammate, Chris Hemphill.

"You guys know Chris (Hemphill) committed, right?" Stearns told about the 6-5, 200-pound athlete's decision to verbally commit to Washington. "I met Sonny (Shackelford) too. He was real cool."

Jordan Slye was Devin's host. "He was just like my best friend, William (Boyd)," Stearns said. "It was real cool. I had a real nice time. I asked him questions and he answered all of them - what the coaches and the players and the rest of the team was like. He introduced me to Reggie Williams."

From the way Stearns tells it, you would have thought he was meeting Randy Moss. "He was funny, he was good and everything," Devin said of his conversation with the sophomore All-American receiver from Lakewood. "I shook his hand and I said 'It's nice to meet you', and he was like 'Why did you say that?' He's all humble and stuff. To me, it was like meeting somebody super-famous, but to him it was like, 'Why did you say that?' I liked that. I can't imagine trying to tackle Reggie Williams. I can see why DB's have a tough time with him."

As many have already, Devin remarked at the amount of food available to the recruits. "We went to this steakhouse called Morton's. That food was so good," he said. "I had a big ol' ribeye steak. We ate at Jillians too. That was good. And they had all the games."

Stearns' athleticism and versatility make him a top target for most of the schools on the West Coast. Washington is recruiting Devin as a receiver. "I talked to Coach Bobby Kennedy. He was real nice," he said. "I liked him. They seem like they run the same type of offense we run, so I wouldn't have a hard time adjusting and catching on. It's my preference to play offense, but if I'm needed elsewhere I wouldn't mind. I want to help out the team."

There wasn't one 'highlight' to Devin's trip. It was more like an overall vibe to his visit that impressed him. "I liked the family-oriented atmosphere," he said. "Everybody was nice and close. And Coach (Rick) Neuheisel - Man! I'd been waiting to meet him. You could tell he's a players coach. We didn't do too much, just talked a whole lot. It was like I knew him my whole life. He reminded me that it was still there and that he wants to coach me. He said my scholarship isn't going anywhere. I told him 'OK'.

Stearns isn't in any hurry to make a decision. "I'm going to Ohio State January 10th and Arizona State January 17th," Devin said. He's already been to Cal (10/18) and Oregon (11/2). "Before this visit, Oregon was my best trip, but Washington is the same. If I go out of state, I'm going to either Oregon or Washington. If I stay in-state I'm going to UCLA, USC or Cal."

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