UCLA Gets Their Quarterback

Coming on the heels of a strong offensive line commitment, the Bruins snag a commitment from a top quarterback target for the 2005 class, Pomona (Calif.) Garey's <b>Osaar Rasshan</b>...

Chalk up a big day in recruiting for UCLA.

Just hours after receiving a commitment from elite lineman Jesse White, the Bruins snagged a commitment at another position of need, and from one of the top players at his position on their recruiting board, receiving a commitment from Pomona (Calif.) Garey quarterback Osaar Rasshan, 6-4, 215.

"I called and talked to Coach (Karl) Dorrell, Coach (Eric) Bieniemy and Coach (Jon) Embree and let them know I was committing to UCLA," said Rasshan.

Rasshan received an offer from the Bruins back in June when he participated in the UCLA 4-Day Camp, and with the offer in his pocket, sat back and planned to wait and see how the recruiting process played out.

"I got a lot of opinions on it, talked to a lot of people and I knew that UCLA was the place I wanted to be. It's where I want to spend the next four years of my life," said Rasshan. "I play three sports and I just wanted to go into my senior year without having to worry about where I wanted to go, and now I can just play my senior year in all three sports."

Rasshan is a talented athlete, who averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds for Garey (who begins the CIF Playoffs this weekend against Perris High) and also has a fastball that has been clocked at 94 mph as a baseball pitcher.

"I want to try and play baseball professionally, but football is my first love. I want to do what Matt Ware did, sign and get paid for baseball, but play football in college," said Rasshan.

Rasshan looked impressive at the Bruins four-day Camp, and was offered then. For some time, he knew UCLA was where he wanted to be, but then had several other suitors begin to throw their name in the mix.

"Tennessee, Michigan, Arizona, they all were talking to me. USC came in and I talked with Pete Carroll. But they were recruiting me as an athlete, and I want to play quarterback, and Coach Dorrell set my head straight and showed me UCLA was where to go," said Rasshan.

Rasshan grew up a UCLA fan, but always held a special interest in Florida State, where his cousin played.

"I always wanted to go to Florida State too, but I grew up watching Cade McNown and DeShaun Foster, and always thought UCLA was the place. I told my mom that if Florida State offered, I wanted to go there, but my family talked to me, my brother played at Grambling State and said I should stay home and my mom said she wanted me to go to UCLA. I told her a couple of weeks ago that I was ready to make my commitment to UCLA and she was real relieved."

This summer, Rasshan plans to play baseball while also going to the Nike Camps and the UCLA camp.

"This time I want to try and stay all four days at UCLA. Hopefully, I'll get to spend some time with the coaching staff and have them give me some pointers so I can have a real good senior year. We should be an improved team this year," said Rasshan.

With his commitment already made, Rasshan plans to spend the next couple of months helping with recruiting.

"I got a couple of guys that I want to become Bruins with me. I want them to spend the next four years with me. Charles Brown (DT from Diamond Ranch) is a good friend of mine who I am going to recruit. I also know Brigham Harwell, he was in my league. I won't have to run away from him now. A couple of my teammates, I hope they get offers too."

So with the commitment being made just under a year before Signing Day, does Rasshan plan to stick with his commitment?

"I'm a 100% committed to the Bruins."

Rasshan has a 3.3 GPA and has already received a qualifying score on his SAT.

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