Bruno headed to dream school

Luca Bruno is headed to his dream school. Read on to see why Arizona is his that place for him, what he sees his role being, and more.

One of the last Wildcat commitments, Oak Park (Calif.) Luca Bruno knew that he had to make a decision.

Arizona was running out of scholarships and he knew it. The 6-foot-4 defensive tackle pulled the trigger and committed to Arizona.

He was the last commitment that the Wildcats got throughout the regular season. He gave his verbal on August 11 and there wasn't any recruiting news for Arizona until Jesse Scroggins committed in early December. Bruno may have been one of the last to make his decision, but he believes it was the best choice.

"I knew I was going to be a Wildcat at the beginning of my senior year," he said. "When I was doing my unofficial visits, Arizona stood out the most along with Oregon State, but when it came down to it, Arizona was running out of spots and I knew if I wanted to go there, to my dream school, I had to take it. So I did."

Bruno visited the campus and enjoyed what he saw. The weather in Tucson also had a part in helping to get the defensive lineman to sign with the Wildcats.

"The school in general was what stood out," Bruno said. "The staff and the campus did as well. I really like the weight lifting coaches there. That's a big deal to me.

"Weather also got into my decision a bit. Arizona's weather is just better than Oregon's to play in. I'm not a big rain guy."

He visited the Arizona campus a few weeks prior to Signing Day. With more students around and the cooler weather blowing through town, Bruno came away even more impressed than he was with his summer visit.

"I was on my official visit a few weeks ago and I got to see the campus with more people than were there when I visited in the summer," Bruno said. "I loved it even more and I got I meet some of the players. It was just everything my dream school could be."

The 282-pound lineman has been hearing from various schools in the past, but was ready for it all to end and make his decision official.

"I was looking forward to it for a while," Bruno said. "I just wanted to get it out of the way. I was very excited to put pen to paper. I didn't do anything big. I woke up at around five in the morning and faxed the coaches my letter."

Bruno will be joining a defensive line that is in desperate need of help. Over the course of the season, the Arizona defensive line was one of the worst in the conference. Defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich helped recruit Bruno to Arizona and the two have built a solid bond.

"I got to get to know Coach K a lot over phone, calls and emails," Bruno said. "Since he's my position coach, he helped recruit me and I got to get a feel for his philosophy and how he runs his part of the program.

"Also, on a few of my visits I got to know Coach Rodriguez more. I got to see what he was like and I really enjoy his coaching style and he knows a ton about the game."

When he gets on campus, the defensive lineman will be working hard on learning the system and improving every day. With the thinness that Arizona has on the defensive front, Bruno will have a chance to make an impact in his first year as a Wildcat.

"I just want to be a team player when I get there," Bruno said. "I'll try to make it into the rotation. Coach K wants me to get into that rotation and says that I have a good chance to. That's my main goal right now. I just want to get in and go from there."


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