Rosario On His Commitment

The 6-5, 205-pound receiver from the San Diego area, Nelson Rosario, called up a former San Diego and UCLA receiver Saturday, Karl Dorrell, and told him he was going to follow in his footsteps and be a Bruin. Rosario talks about his commitment...

Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino receiver Nelson Rosario (6-5, 205) made a phone call on Saturday to UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell, and the call from one San Diego receiver to another ended with Rosario's commitment to the Bruins.

"I called Coach Dorrell on Saturday to commit," said Rosario. "It was cool. He was pretty excited and Coach Babers (who Rosario called on Sunday) was pretty excited, too. It was time. It's the best place for me. I got along with the coaches the best and just felt it's the right school for me. Coach Dorrell was a receiver for UCLA and he was from San Diego so he was telling me I'm doing the same thing."

Rosario also reminds many of another former Bruin who hailed from San Diego, all-American receiver J.J. Stokes. "The coaches had told me that I was like J.J. Stokes and that they hope I do good things at UCLA like he did," said Rosario.

Rosario said that for the past few weeks, he knew UCLA was the spot and that the Bruins won out over three other schools. "I'd say after UCLA, I was looking the most at Oregon, Arizona State and Boise State," said Rosario.

And several of the committed prospects were doing their part to pitch the Bruins to him. "Rahim (Moore) did the most, and so did Damien Holmes and Anthony Dye," said Rosario. "I got along real well with all of them and they said we can build a championship team up at UCLA and for me to be a part of that. That's what I want to do."

Another thing Rosario would like to do in Westwood is track, since he's an elite jumper nationally. "My plan is to jump for them for sure my freshman year, and then we will see what happens," said Rosario. "I'd like to come in as a freshman and play, but if not right away, than definitely the next year."

Rosario said his family was very pleased he chose to stay in-state and play for UCLA, especially his mother. "My mom was real happy I chose UCLA so they don't have to travel far," said Rosario. "It's a great school with great academics and football."

More importantly, he was happy to get his decision out of the way.

"Oh yes, I'm very happy to have it over with," said Rosario. "All the calling and texting from other schools. I'm happy to be done with it. I'm not going to trip anywhere but UCLA. I'm solid to them."

During his junior year, Rosario had 53 catches for 1,010 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning all-state underclass honors in 2006.

Academically, Rosario has a 3.4 core GPA and has already achieved a qualifying test score.


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