The Newest Duck: LB Dante Rosario
LB Dante Rosario
LB Dante Rosario

Posted Jul 10, 2002


No one is better at finding ‘sleeper’ type recruits and developing them into Pac 10 caliber standouts than the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks have struck again as Dante Rosario, a 6-3, 215 pound linebacker from Dayton (Ore.) is Oregon bound. Rosario said he hasn’t had a chance to call the coaches just yet since they’ve been on vacation, but he has made up his mind on where he’s going.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Oregon,” Rosario said. “That’s the team I grew up rooting for and I was looking at going there as just a regular student before I went to their camp. I had gone to the school for an orientation and loved everything about the school.

“Then I went to their four day camp June 16 through the 20th and I did real well. I was the MVP of the linebackers and when I got home, I had a fed ex letter with a scholarship offer inside. I was so excited I couldn’t believe it. Oregon has everything I was looking for. The facilites are great, I love the coaching staff and I want to major in Business and they have a strong Business program. It was an easy decision for me.”

Rosario said he talked things over with his coach but had no doubt he would be a Duck. Now he just needs to wait until one of the coaches gets back in the office so he can make the commitment official.

“Coach (Dan) Ferrigno was the one that was recruiting me so I want to call him and tell him,” Rosario said. “He’s out of the office until July 22 so I have some time to wait but I’m looking forward to making that call.”

Dayton finished the year 9-2 last year and Rosario said he averaged a little over 10 tackles per game.

“I think my strengths as a player are my closing speed and my cover ability,” Rosario said. “My best 40 time is a 4.62 and I pursue really well to the ball. I know I need to get stronger and I would also like to improve my overall quickness before I get to the next level.”

Rosario said he was also interested and hearing from Oregon State, Portland State and Washington State. The Ducks were the first school to offer.


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