Arizona has been hitting the recruiting trail hard ever since the arrival of Rich Rodriguez and his coaching staff. One of the biggest areas of need for the future is the defensive line and UA has targeted several top lineman prospects on the west coast.
One such player that the Wildcats are keeping an eye on is 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end Luca Bruno from Oak Park (Calif.). Bruno has been in contact with UA offensive line coach Robert Anae and has also been able to speak with Jeff Casteel as well.
"He was the first to come to me," Bruno said of Anae. "He also got me on the phone with the defensive coordinator too."
Outside of Arizona, several other schools are showing interest in Bruno.
"ASU, Oregon State, USC, Sacramento State, Fresno and SDSU," Bruno said. "That's pretty much it right now."
Several of those schools have extended scholarship offers.
"SDSU, UA, Oregon State and Fresno State have offered," Bruno said.
It's still early in the process for Bruno, but he does have a current list of favorites.
"Right now SDSU is at the top, then Oregon State and UA." Bruno said.
With National Letter of Intent Day a little over 10 months away, Bruno should see more programs show interest very soon. He is taking in the process however it comes, but isn't necessarily waiting for a specific school to offer.
"I'm going to see what comes along and see how it goes from there," Bruno said.
He does, however, believe a couple of schools will be extending scholarship offers shortly.
"I am thinking probably Reno and Arizona State will be the next to offer," Bruno said.
Many prospects from the state of California prefer to stay in-state or relatively close by. The distance factor doesn't matter to Bruno though, as he is open to attending college in any region.
"I am just looking for anything that comes along," Bruno said. "I am fine to go out of state."
The defensive lineman is preparing to take several visits over his spring break. One of those trips is scheduled for Tucson.
"I am going to UA, ASU, Reno and Oregon State." Bruno said.
As far as making a decision, Bruno is expected to wait a bit before choosing where he wants to play college football. Don't expect him to drag it out until LOI day, but he will most likely wait until next school year before deciding where to attend college.
"I am fine to go through fall," Bruno said. "But definitely before Signing Day."
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