Josh Rosen isn't arrogant. He isn't full of himself. He isn't cocky. But if you ask him what his goals are when he flies up to the Bay Area this weekend for the Elite 11 Regional, held at the San Francisco 49ers training facility in Santa Clara, it becomes abundantly clear that he isn't shy, either.
"I'm going to the Elite 11 to see if I can be the first underclassman to qualify for the big one in Redondo," says Rosen. "I don't think I really have anything to prove. I think everybody knows how good I am and how good I can be. I just want to go out and be the best, because I think I can probably win the whole thing. I don't know if they'll give me a chance at it, since I'm a 2015 guy, but I just hope they give me a fair shot at it."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco signal caller led the Braves to an 8-5 record last season, completing 135 of 248 passes (54.4%) for 2,082 yards and 22 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, while rushing 71 times for 345 yards on the ground.
Rosen figures to be one of if not the top-rated quarterback in the 2015 cycle, but he's not wasting any time. He already has offers from Fresno State, Oregon State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt – which offered on Thursday after a strong showing at St. John Bosco's showcase practice for college coaches.
The Thursday College Barbecue saw a bevy of coaching staffs flock to Bellflower to see Rosen, Damien Mama, Malik Dorton, Jaleel Wadood, Naijiel Hale, Shay Fields and Malik Dorton, including California's Zach Yenser and Randy Stewart. But, Rosen didn't speak with the Bears coaches. He's saving that for his unofficial visit to Berkeley on Friday morning.
"I've been talking with Pierre Ingram -- the running back coach -- a lot, and he's the one who invited me out there," Rosen says. "I want to know that they just enjoy what they do. If they enjoy what they do, then coaching will be a passion, rather than a job for them, and that will rub off on the players, in the way that they run a practice, they'll enjoy watching hours of film every night, will enjoy seeing you every single day. If they enjoy what they do, and I get a positive vibe from going there, then it will definitely be at the top of my list, as it has been, since the process began."
A big plus for Cal is the fact that another Bosco Brave is already on the roster in star sophomore wide receiver Bryce Treggs, who was also in attendance on Thursday to catch up with his father -- former Bears receiver Brian, who coaches receivers for Bosco -- and his former teammates.
"Bryce was actually at the practice today, and he gave me and our OC a little lecture on how they do it up at Cal," Rosen says. "I think it's pretty cool what they do. Bryce was talking about the similarities between our offenses, and sort of how they run things up there."
To say that the way that the younger Treggs described the new Bear Raid offense appealed to Rosen would be an understatement.
"I thought it was pretty cool, for the fact that it's so similar to ours, and it's -- I wouldn't say -- simple, but you can see how they tailor it to speed and more speed," Rosen says. They have six different coaches signaling in to the position groups, so you don't have one big call. I like it a lot."
Rosen will join fellow Cal targets Devante Downs, Tre Watson, Jeff Farrar, Mama, Viane Talamaivao, Glen Ihenacho and possibly a few others in Berkeley on Friday, before the Elite 11/NFTC weekend kicks off.
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