FORT HUACHUCA — Arizona landed its 25th verbal commitment for 2013 today, when three-star defensive lineman Luca Bruno announced his plans to sign with the Wildcats.
The Scout.com recruiting service lists Bruno as a three-star recruit and the 39th-best defensive tackle in the nation. As a junior at Oak Park (Calif.) High School, Bruno registered 133 tackles and six sacks and forced four fumbles.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 282-pound Bruno chose the UA over offers from a dozen schools, including SMU, Fresno State and Oregon State. Bruno said the UA fulfilled his three requirements: It plays "hard knocks" defense, has a superior weight room and strength and conditioning staff, and provides a great student experience.
"I felt the most comfortable there," he said. "A couple schools had one or two things that popped out to me; the UA brought all of three of my things to the table."
Bruno comes from an athletic family: His father, Frank, played fullback at UCLA from 1980-82. Luca's mother was an all-state swimmer as a teenager.
"And now," Luca said, "we have a football player."
Bruno and the rest of Arizona's recruiting class can sign national letters-of-intent starting in February.
Read more in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.