UCLA Moves Up for Elite 2015 QB

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco junior quarterback Josh Rosen wasn't as sharp as we've seen in the past but he still led the Braves to a big win over an always tough Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei team last Friday...

The Braves clinched the Trinity League title over the weekend beating Mater Dei 24-2. Junior quarterback Josh Rosen played the role of game manager more than explosive playmaker but was still happy with the win.

"I didn't think I played well at all," Rosen said. "Mater Dei was good though, give them credit, their defense was tough and we made some mistakes. We turned the ball over twice in the red zone and we're going to have to clean some things up once the playoffs get here, that's for sure."

On the recruiting front, Rosen was just offered by Texas last week and it's an offer he was very excited about.

"I'm going to visit Texas for sure," Rosen said. "I've heard Austin is insane, I've never been before but everything I've heard about the place has been very positive. They have a great football tradition, I love the passion that everyone has for football out there and I'm anxious to lean more about the school.

"Two visits I know I'll take are to Texas and Florida. I'm not sure if those will be unofficial visits or official visits. You only go through this process one time so I would love to take some official visits but I also know with quarterbacks, schools want you to commit early, prior to your senior year.

"I could commit early and then still do some visits but we'll see. I know quarterbacks don't typically do that so I'm just going to play it out and see how I feel over the spring and summer."

California had been leading for Rosen since the summer but local schools UCLA and USC have made up a lot of ground.

"I really like UCLA right now," Rosen said. "I like Coach Mora, I like the offense a lot and I like how the team is playing. They moved way up my list and I can definitely see myself fitting in well there. I've gone to a couple of games this season and I like the direction the program is going.

"With USC, I'm very interested to see who the new head coach will be. That's a great program and I'm sure they're going to hire a big time coach. It doesn't really matter to me what kind of system they run because I feel like I can fit in with just about any system. I like the assistant coaches and like I said, once they name a head coach, I'll be able to evaluate them a lot better."

Cal has had a rough season but Rosen said the Bears are still high on his list.

"Cal still has a lot of pluses," Rosen said. "They throw the ball a ton, what quarterback wouldn't want to play in that system. People don't understand how badly they have been hit with injuries. I think they have lost eight or nine starters this year to injuries but they're still moving the ball and putting up points.

"They're recruiting me really hard and I like the staff a lot. I still have interest in Stanford too but I haven't heard from them since the summer, not a single letter. I'm not sure what happened there, but I have a box of letters from every school and none from Stanford.

"I thought I was high on their board back in the spring so it's just weird what happened with them. If they don't want to recruit me, that's fine because I have some other great options. That was my top school though back in the spring so it's kind of confusing for me what happened but I'll be fine."


Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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