Bruins Get a Commitment

He's not a well-known prospect at a glamorous position, but the commitment of a JUCO longsnapper fills some considerable need for next year...

Joe Tomasello, 6-0, 220, 4.5, Fresno (Calif.) City College, knew where he wanted to go to school and when UCLA offensive coordinator, Kelly Skipper, called Monday night, Tomasello verbally committed to UCLA.


Tomasello's recruitment by UCLA was stepped up because of the Bruins need for an experienced long snapper. "I was a long snapper in high school. I've done that my whole life ever since the Pop Warner days," Tomasello said. Senior Rusty Williams is the Bruin's current long snapper, and he is ending his UCLA career in the Vegas Bowl.


Tomasello is also an accomplished fullback with very good hands, and was told that he will be playing both positions.


Tomasello said he learned that UCLA recently decided to go after a dedicated long snapper. "They have been recruiting me for the past month or so. Coach Skipper, the running backs coach, has been recruiting me, and I just finally committed yesterday (Monday). I was offered about a week ago. I talked to coach Skipper last (Monday) night. They didn't call me about the (Toledo) firing. They called to talk about committing. UCLA is where I wanted to go all along."


The firing of head coach Bob Toledo had no effect on Tomasello's decision. "That is where I want to be. That's the school I want to go to."


UCLA also has a connection to Tomasello. "My best friend from high school, Nick Amendola, is on the team. So I have been down there to visit him, and I like it a lot. We went to Bullard High School together here in Fresno. I am going to transfer in January, so I will be participating in spring practice."


Other Pac-10 schools were also interested in Tomasello. "I was being recruited pretty hard by Arizona, Cal and Portland State. Both Arizona and Portland State had offered, and Cal was talking about offering."


He will come to UCLA with three years of eligibility to play two. Tomasello just completed his sophomore season at Fresno, which finished at 9-1 and rated the No. 2 junior college in northern California. "I finished with 49 carries for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Receiving I had 21 receptions for 240 yards and two touchdowns. I also had a kickoff return touchdown."

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