Rosario Has New Perspective

The 6-5 receiver prospect from Oceanside El Camino, Nelson Rosario, who is verbally committed to UCLA but was waivering a bit after the Karl Dorrell firing, talked to us about how his official visit to Westwood this weekend influenced him...

Following the firing of Karl Dorrell a couple of weeks ago, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino receiver Nelson Rosario said he was between a solid and a soft verbal. But things have changed after he took his official visit to UCLA this weekend.

"After the trip, you can put me back with UCLA solidly," said Rosario. "I had a really good time on the trip, and Coach (Eric) Scott had all of the receivers in a room and he told us we could be the best receiving group UCLA has brought in, in a long time."

Rosario said that one of the biggest questions most of the recruits had this weekend was what would be the status of Scott and interim coach DeWayne Walker.

"For a lot of the guys, we wanted to know if Coach Scott and Coach Walker are going to be back. I'm sticking with UCLA, but if they didn't come back, then there is a slight chance I might look at another school, but I'm committed to the school," said Rosario.

Rosario has heard the talk that UCLA is trying to bring in an offensive minded coach, and that stands out to him.

"I've been thinking about it since I heard Norm Chow could be coaching and knowing what his offense is like," said Rosario. "Coach Walker said to us, 'I worked with Norm Chow before and I'd have no problem sticking around if he came in.' So that would be cool."

Rosario said he still plans to take a visit to Oregon next month, likely the second weekend in January, but said not much can sway him on his decision.

"I really got along with all of the other (UCLA) recruits. Terrance Austin was my host and I had known him from state track meets when we competed against each other. I have a lot of respect for him because he's a smaller guy and he can really jump," said Rosario, one of the elite jumpers nationally.

Rosario said the visit was strictly for football, and he didn't get a chance to talk with the UCLA track staff, but it was reiterated to him that he can do both sports in college.

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