Rosario Talks About His Decision

Nelson Rosario, the 6-5, 200-pound wide receiver prospect from Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino, looked great at UCLA's One-Day Camp Saturday. He talked to us about his recruitment, being on UCLA's campus, playing alongside so many talented UCLA recruits, his short list of favorite schools and a big factor in his decision...

Nelson Rosario, the 6-5, 200-pound receiver from Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino, said he was feeling quite a bit of UCLA love Saturday at the One-Day Camp on UCLA"s campus.

"Between the coaches and the players who are committed to UCLA, there were a lot of people talking UCLA to me," Rosario said. "And that's cool. It's good."

He said that, in fact, working out at a camp against good defensive backs committed to UCLA like Rahim Moore and Anthony Dye, and watching committed receivers like Kemonte Bateman and Jerry Johnson, does make him think a bit. Rosario said: "When you see good players like that and you know they're all going to the one school, you have to think about it. Because being out here and going against them, it was challenging. It was tough, because I had to think about what I had to do first to get them off me. And then it builds up my own confidence, that I can play against them. It's a good confidence builder."

Seeing UCLA wasn't such a big think for Rosario, since he had been to campus before. "I've been here before, for Junior Day, and then I've come to some basketball games, and I went to some football games, so I know about UCLA."

Knowing UCLA well has pushed the Bruins up his list. Rosario said, "I'd say my favorite schools are, if I had to narrow it down, UCLA and Oregon, and it'd be hard to choose after that. UCLA and Oregon, for sure, are at the top."

With his parents looking on from the Spaulding Field bleachers, Rosario said that staying close to home will probably be a big factor in his decision. "My parents want me to stay close to home," said Rosario. "That's what I'll probably end up doing. They want me to come here (to UCLA), but at the same time they say whatever's good for me. But they probably want me to stay local."

Rosario said he doesn't want to drag out his recruitment too long. "I'll probably go about halfway through my season," he said. "So I can take official visits before I decide."


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