Monday, June 18, 2007

Bruin land Big Time Lineman

The last couple of offensive lineman to commit to Karl Dorrell and UCLA have been head-scratchers. Jeff Baca was a known commodity but Jonathan Martin and Conor Bradford were virtual unknowns. Heck, I still haven't even seen a picture of Bardford. But the latest commit to join the ranks was well known and heavily recruited. Hamani Stevens has been a big target for the Bruins for a while and the 6'4", 290lb giant from Hemet gave an oral commitment to the staff this weekend.

Stevens had a great showing at the recent Nike camp and was named the top offensive lineman for the day. He has received offers from a number of PAC-10 school including both Oregon Schools, Washington and Arizona. USC was even showing some interest in Hamani and he was invited to one of their camps.

Hamani can play on both sides of the ball and he was an all-CIF Central Division Selection as a defensive tackle and a First Team All-State underclass selection in 2006. He is probably more talented as an offensive lineman and the Bruins have targeted him as a guard or center. Stevens is in Rivals top-250 recruits for 2008 and the service gives him 4-stars and ranks him 11th in the country among offensive guards. He looks like a great pickup and is definitely the best lineman to commit to the blue and gold this year.

(photo credit: scout.com)