The Arizona Wildcats could be getting some help on the defensive line in the next few weeks.
Freshman lineman Luca Bruno was cleared to play by the NCAA today after a clearinghouse issue kept him out for the team's first four games of the season. Bruno, a native of Oak Park, Calif., was expected to play right away as a true freshman, but wasn't cleared by the NCAA before the season-opener against NAU.
Coach Rich Rodriguez said it was a paperwork issue that was keeping Bruno out and every time Bruno's high school or the UA submitted something, the NCAA asked for something else. After yesterday's practice, the coach said he still hadn't heard about Bruno's status and that the situation was "very frustrating."
This afternoon though, the UA tweeted that Bruno had been cleared. Rodriguez said yesterday it would likely take the defensive lineman two to three weeks to get ready to play. Bruno hadn't been allowed to practice with the Wildcats while he was waiting to be cleared.
Bruno was rated as a three-star recruit coming out of high school by the Scout.com recruiting service and also had offers from California, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State and others. He'll likely join the rotation on the line once he's gone through enough practices.