After landing their first commitment of the year earlier in the day (Jesse White), UCLA received more good news when Pomona (Calif.) Garey quarterback Osaar Rasshan also announced for the Bruins.
“I just did it about 30 minutes ago,” Rasshan said. “I had been thinking about committing there for a long time, actually since last July when they first offered me. They wanted to keep things quiet because they were recruiting other players, seniors, but I really liked UCLA a lot and had a great time at their football camp.
“About a month ago, I started thinking about going through the recruiting process a little more and was talking to schools like USC, Arizona, Florida and Michigan. Pete Carroll came by the school a few weeks back but I couldn’t talk to him, you’re not allowed to right now. I talked to him on the phone recently and he’s a great guy but I just I think UCLA needs me a little more. USC is pretty stacked at quarterback and I also kind of got the feeling USC liked me as much as an athlete as a quarterback whereas UCLA wants me just for quarterback.
“I just have a good vibe about UCLA and I knew I wanted to stay local. Once I decided UCLA was a better fit for me, I didn’t think there was any need to wait any longer. I play three sports, basketball and baseball in addition to football so I just felt the sooner I could put the decision behind me, the better off I would be.”
As we said in a previous story, Rasshan, 6-4, 215 pounds will remind onlookers of this year’s version of Rocky Hinds, who ironically signed with cross-town rival USC. He’s still learning the quarterback position but has great raw skills. Rasshan is a tremendous athlete who can throw the ball 70 yards in the air. In addition, he’s averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds a game in hoops and has a 94 MPH fastball to boot.
“Baseball is a definite option for me,” Rasshan said. “I’m committed to going to UCLA though so what I would like to do is what Matt Ware did, sign a pro contract and still play football at UCLA. It’s still early now to be thinking about that but that is what my goal is. Football is my first love though and I’m excited to be a part of this recruiting class. I think the coaches will turn things around and if I can help as far as recruiting other players, I’ll do whatever it takes to make the program a winner.”