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L.A. battle brewing for Cali lineman

Hemet (Calif.) two way lineman Hamani Stevens has been one regions top lineman since his sophomore year. The talented athlete had a dominant junior season and it's starting to pay off as four schools have put offers on the table.
Stevens, 6-4, 290 pounds plays on both sides of the ball and is getting looks on both sides of the line as well. As a sophomore, he was named 1st team all-league on the defensive line and followed that up by being named 1st team all-state underclass on the defensive line this past season.
"I actually prefer offensive line," Stevens said. "A lot of the schools haven't really specified where they want me although more like me for offensive line than defensive line. I think I'm a better offensive guard prospect and I think that's the position that I'll have the most future success at."
On the recruiting front, Stevens is hearing from a host of colleges and it sounds like a couple of the local schools could be the teams to beat.
"I have offers right now from UCLA, Oregon, San Diego State and BYU," Stevens said. "I'm also hearing a lot from USC, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and few others. I was just at USC's Junior Day this past weekend and I had a great time there.
"Pete Carroll is so much fun to be around. The whole staff has a lot of energy and passion and I really clicked with them. In comparing USC's Junior Day with UCLA's, they were both cool and I had a good time at both places but they were really different.
"UCLA's was more organized, everything was kind of planned out and we saw a lot of the campus and went to the basketball game. At USC, we would be hanging out and then Coach Carroll would say, 'hey, lets go over here and check this out. I liked both but probably felt a little more comfortable at USC just because how much energy the coaches had and how fun they were all day.
"Right now, I'm not ready to commit anywhere early. I just want to wait things out and see who all offers and then decide later in the summer what I should do. I do want to take some visits and have already talked to Oregon about taking an official visit. They want me to visit when they play Oregon State so that might be something I'll do.
"I'm also going to camp with USC and UCLA and will also attend the NIKE Camp at Stanford in May. I'm doing track right now as well so I'm keeping busy but I'm looking forward to these camps so I can show what I can do."
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