Stevens attends USC camp

Hamani Stevens

One of the more interesting storylines of this early recruiting period has been that of former UCLA commitment and Hemet HS (CA.) standout Hamani Stevens. Stevens committed to the Bruins on the 17th of June, only to de-commit a few days later, leaving all schools open to recruit him.

Stevens took part in the Rising Stars Camp held at the University of Southern California over the weekend, leaving the camp very impressed with what he had seen.

"The camp at USC was a great experience," he said. "I learned a lot while I was there, and I really liked all of the coaches. They showed me a lot of love and they showed me how to become a better football player. I had a good time."

This year's Rising Stars Camp was stacked with top linemen from across the nation, and Stevens had his shot at the top players in hopes of earning a scholarship offer.

"I think I held my own," said Stevens. "I did pretty well. I wanted to go there and dominate, and I feel like that is exactly what I did."

Stevens attended the camp in hopes of earning a scholarship offer from the Trojans, and while an offer has not yet been extended, the three-star prospect feels that could change soon.

"They (USC coaches) said that they were going to take it day by day," he answered when asked about a scholarship. "They want to evaluate my film and then get back to me. The (USC) coaches thought I had a really good camp, and they want to stay in touch with me. Right now its up-in-the-air with me getting an offer."

Although Stevens did not leave the Rising Stars Camp with a scholarship in-hand, he did tell what an offer from the Trojans would mean to him.

"A scholarship offer from USC holds a lot of weight," he said. "Its going to be a really big decision if USC does offer me. I'm going to have to think real hard about where I want to go. But if USC does offer, I'm not going to jump on it like everyone thinks I will."

The Trojans are recruiting Stevens at center, and after performing well at the Rising Stars Camp, he may have found a new home on the offensive line.

"The (USC) coaches think center is really my spot," said Stevens. "They are telling me that they really want me there and they think I fit into their offensive scheme. The way the coaches have been talking to me, it sounds like I‘m already on the team."

The one-time UCLA commitment has not attended a camp with the Bruins to date, so a comparison between the two Los Angeles schools could not be made.

"I've only been to the USC camp," said Stevens. "So I can't really compare too much between USC and UCLA. I was around the USC coaches for a few days, and I really liked what I saw. I liked that they can make me the best football player I can be."

Although many have labeled this as a recruiting battle between UCLA and USC, Stevens insists that he is open to all parties involved.

"I'm still open to all schools," he said. "I want to take my official visits to out-of-state schools, and go to USC and UCLA unofficially. I'm going to take officials visits to Oregon, Washington, Michigan State, Colorado, and Arizona."

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