Amelita finds a home at Western Michigan

Heading into the 2009 season, Santa Ana OG Ruurd Amelita (6-2, 340) was one of the top JUCO linemen on the west coast, but because of a family situation, he was iffy to graduate and play for a D-1 school this fall. However, the gritty and determined prospect wouldn't let things end that way and recently he finished all of his classwork and will enroll at Western Michigan on Saturday...

"This has been the hardest thing I've ever been through," Amelita told late Thursday night. "At one point or another, I thought I was going to Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Utah and Akron, but all of them fell through for one reason or another.

"I was up at Utah last weekend actually and I thought I might be headed there, but that fell through so when I called Western Michigan and told them I wanted to come there, they were happy and excited for me to get there."

Because of a death in his family Amalita decided to drop all of the classes he was enrolled in during the spring of his freshman year and that made schools assume he wouldn't be able to finish in time to enroll with them before the start of the 2010 season, but he was so driven he nearly doubled up on classes so he could prove his critics wrong.

"I dropped it all and got a job, but I came back in the summer and took two courses," Amelita said. "Then I took a full-load during the fall, winter and last spring so I could get my AA and now I proved to everyone I could get it done."

Western Michigan was the one school who showed Amelita they believed he could do it and offered over a month ago, but he wanted to wait to see if Utah would step forward with an offer, but it never came.

"(Utah) had a guy qualify that they weren't sure was going to, so they weren't able to offer me," Amelita said. "It was tough hearing that and my family was all excited for me to go there, but I started thinking about things and Michigan will be different, but I'm ready to get there this weekend and get started on a new part to my life."

Amelita has been told that he will slide into the two-deeps at guard with the chance to push for playing time if he proves to be better than the players already on the roster.

"I'm going to go and fight, just like I did in qualifying," Amelita said. "I'm going to prove to everyone that I can play at that level and be successful."

Once he arrives on campus, Amelita will have three years to play two., but no matter how his football career progresses from here, it's pretty obvious that Amelita will be successful in whatever he puts his mind to.

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