"I was actually just at UCLA (on Tuesday)," said Pasacarella. "It was great. We went out there in the morning and we did the campus tour with the students. We got to walk around and see the school and the athletic facilities. I was supposed to go on Saturday, but Coach (Wayne) Moses, the recruiting coordinator for our area, asked if I could come out on Tuesday and spend more time there, so we arranged for that and I did the whole spring practice."
While Pasacarella didn't receive an offer, his meeting with the Bruin staff left him encouraged.
Pascarella said, "They walked me through the recruiting process, and based on my transcripts, they sounded like they're really interested. It's looking hopeful at this point."
On Friday and Saturday, Pasacarella was up on the Farm, visiting Stanford. He said: "We arranged a meeting with the coaches and Stanford was great. They're a bunch of nice guys on the staff and the campus is absolutely beautiful. There is so much history up there and we did the campus tour and received all kinds of facts and information. The same thing that happened at UCLA happened there. We gave them all of my information and they said they would take a close look at it. As far as the academic information goes, from what they saw on paper, they want me to start the hard copy application process."
A stellar student, Pascarella has a 4.5 GPA and scored an 1810 on the SAT when he took it as a sophomore. He also scored a 28 on the ACT.
So, obviously, academics are key for the offensive line prospect, and that has a big impact on his favorites so far. "Based on football and academics, which are the two most important things for me, Stanford and UCLA are my top two schools. They both have their pros and cons, but those are the top two schools on my list," said Pasacarella.
But Pasacarella is not limiting his interest to those two. In fact, several schools from around the country are showing interest in him. "I'm going to Colorado this summer and I hear from Cal, Harvard, Notre Dame, Washington, Penn, Arizona State, Nebraska, Dartmouth, Duke, Colgate, Oregon State, Utah, Columbia, Brown, Air Force and Boston College," said Pasacarella. "But I would say Stanford, UCLA, and Colorado, from those I've looked into and I've seen, I've liked them the most."
Pasacarella played both tackle and guard for Centennial last fall, starting all 15 games and helping the Huskies to the CIF-SS Inland Division title and the CIF State D-I championship game. He earned all-league honors and was a second team all-state underclass selection. The year before, he was an all-league pick when he played at Santiago High School in Corona.
In terms of position, Pascarella has a preference. "I've been recruited as a tackle and I've played guard, too. I shifted over and did that spot when my teammate got hurt. But I've played tackle my entire career, and I like tackle by far the most," said Pascarella.
This spring, Pascarella will be at the Nike Camp at Stanford and the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine at the Home Depot Center May 31st, then camps at UCLA and Colorado.