Hemet (Calif.) offensive lineman Hamani Stevens committed to UCLA back in the summer before backing off his commitment just a week later. During the season, it appeared Stevens and the Bruins were going their seperate ways but after a weekend unofficial visit, UCLA once again looks to be in the drivers seat.
Stevens, 6-3, 280 pounds is one of the elite lineman in the West this year. He was the OL MVP at the NIKE Camp in Oregon, earned 1st team all-state honors as a senior and is one of the nation's top rated center prospects.
Stevens took official visits to Colorado, Arizona State, Oregon, Michigan State and BYU and appeard to be down to the Ducks and Cougars just a few weeks ago. A late home visit from Bruin coach Rick Neuheisal seemed to put UCLA back in the mix but Stevens said he was still leaning to Oregon and BYU.
After postponing his announcement date three times in the last two weeks, Stevens decided to take an unofficial visit to UCLA last weekend and the Bruins now appear to be the team to beat just three days before Signing Day.
"UCLA was fantastic," Stevens said. "Things are really different now with Coach Neuheisal there. I'm feeling really good about UCLA and I know there going to be a national contender in a few years.
"I liked Coach Dorrell but Coach Neuheisal is just so different. He has an upbeat personality and always puts his players first. I just like everything about him, you can tell he's the guy to turn things around at UCLA and I love the staff he has put together there.
"Another big thing about UCLA is they have Norm Chow now. He's kind of a legend and with him on the staff, you know UCLA will be good. It's UCLA and Oregon right now but I'm feeling very good about UCLA.
"I plan to announce Wednesday in my high school gym at 12:00. I can't wait to get this over with and I'm just excited for Wednesday to come."