January 15, 2008

Decision more difficult after Oregon

Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino wide receiver Nelson Rosario started the second stage of his recruitment this past weekend with an official visit to Oregon. The UCLA commitment returned home late Sunday evening with more to contemplate before rendering a final verdict before Signing Day.

"I just always wanted to take a trip up [to Oregon] and see how it was because a lot of my friends said it was nice," said Rosario. "I have someone who I went to high school with (track and field athlete A.J. Acosta) up there and he said I needed to come check it out. He likes it up there and said he thought I would. They are high up on my list, so I thought why not?"

The 6-4, 202-pound Rosario took the visit to Oregon with his mother and was able to discuss what they saw on their flight home.

"We were just talking about how they didn't try to rush me or make me decommit," said Rosario. "She said the biggest thing is I just need to feel comfortable with where I choose. I was looking at it like maybe this is the place I could spend four years. There was nothing I could complain about and it was pretty comfortable overall. I was real comfortable at UCLA and I was real comfortable at Oregon, so it's making the decision a whole lot harder."

Acosta is not the only Duck Rosario is familiar with. He had run across several of the players on the football team in past years either on the gridiron or through basketball tournaments and games. Several of those guys he was able to spend time with on the visit.

"The person who hosted me was a redshirt freshman, Todd Doxey, and I had already known him. We just chilled and played a little Madden," said Rosario. "I hung out with him and his friends Javes Lewis and Jeff Maehl. I already had a little relationship with them, so it was pretty cool sitting and chilling there with them. We went out a little later which was pretty cool."

With his size and frame, Rosario is similar to several receivers on Oregon's roster, but he said the talk with the Oregon coaches was less about comparing him to current members of their team and more about what he, specifically, could bring to the offense.

"They just talked about the type of offense they run and me being a big, tall, agile type of receiver who can go up and get the ball, I'd be a perfect type of receiver for that offense," Rosario said. "They were saying they were going to need some receivers to replace the players that are leaving. They weren't trying to compare me, they were just showing me what they had to offer."

Additional official visits could be planned in the next few days, but right now it appears Oregon is the only team giving UCLA a run for Rosario's signature.

"It's still UCLA No. 1, but Oregon is right behind them. I guess you could say it is close to shoulder-to-shoulder, but UCLA is just a little ahead. I'm going to have to really think about some things," he said. "Colorado got at me and LSU called me not too long ago, said they wanted me to come down there and visit, so I might do that. It's basically those four schools.

"It's going to take as long as it has to. Of course I want it to be over, but the way it looks right now I still have to do my pros and cons on each one. It's going to be done when it's done, I'm just glad this recruiting process is not as bad as it was before."

Rivals.com ranks Rosario as a four-star prospect, one of the top 250 players in the country and the No. 7 receiver.

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