Offensive tackle Antonio Rosales out of Tucson Magnet HS (Tucson, Ariz.) committed to the San Diego State Aztecs last Wednesday, and he is SDSU's seventh commitment in their 2013 recruiting class.
Despite being an Arizona resident, Rosales has felt a connection to San Diego since he was in middle school.
"Everything felt right about San Diego State," said Rosales. "I fell in love with San Diego when I went on an 8th grade trip to San Diego. I remember driving by the school and visiting the campus. When SDSU offered me, I went down there again, and everything felt right about it."
What made Rosales feel like SDSU is right for him?
"A lot stood out on my visit. I especially liked that they showed a lot of interest," said Rosales. "Every other school was waiting to offer me, but I really felt wanted by SDSU."
Rosales made sure to get help from his Tucson HS coaches prior to his commitment to SDSU.
"I discussed the offer with my coaches, and they asked me if it felt right," said Rosales. "I told them it did feel right. Another thing they asked me was if I would still go to SDSU even if I didn't play football. I told them I definitely would."
San Diego's weather had a bit to do with Rosales' decision as well.
"In San Diego, the campus is beautiful, and the weather is beautiful," said Rosales. "It's so hot here in Tucson, AZ. I'm sitting in 103 degree weather right now."
Rosales wasn't the only one to be happy about his decision to attend SDSU.
"My family was really excited when I committed," said Rosales. "My dad loves San Diego, and my mom fell in love with San Diego when we took the visit."
Rosales currently measures in at 6-foot-5-inches and weighs 260 pounds. He knows that he needs to bulk up to play college football.
"I really want to work on getting bigger," said Rosales. "It's so hard to gain weight. I also want to maintain my while I get bigger."
What is Rosales' target weight?
"I want to be at least 275 by the time I step on campus," asserted Rosales.
On the field, Rosales has the perfect demeanor to be a productive offensive lineman.
"What I love about the offensive line is you could be pretty much meaner than everybody out there on the field," said Rosales "I love being mean to people on the field, but I'm nice to people off the field. When I'm on the field, I want the other players to know who I am."
SDSU was the only school to offer Rosales, but he had a number of impressive schools contacting him.
"I was hearing from Idaho, Boise State, Cal, UNLV, Nevada, Utah State, Utah and San Jose State," said Rosales.
Rosales is looking forward to helping SDSU improve once the Aztecs join the Big East.
"I'm going to play 110% and always give it my all," said Rosales. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to make the program better."
Rosales: 'I fell in love with San Diego'
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