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Friday, January 10, 2014
Top 2015 QB Rosen taking two trips

By Erik McKinney

There are still better than three weeks left for the 2014 recruiting class, but that won't stop the 2015 class from making noise before signing day.

Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) -- the nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect and No. 16 overall recruit -- will be on the move over the next few weeks and it isn't out of the question that his recruitment could come to a close before spring hits.

Rosen attended last weekend's Elite 11 Regional in Southern California but did not participate, as he is still recovering from a shoulder injury he played through for much of his state-title-winning junior season. At the event, Rosen said he plans to take unofficial visit to UCLA and USC after the dead period ends.

"Depending on how much I like them, maybe I'll make a decision," Rosen said, before quickly adding that he could also still let things play out into the spring and summer.

At this point, the California schools -- UCLA and USC, as well as California -- are in the lead, though they could be joined and possibly passed by Stanford if the Cardinal were to offer. Stanford was miles in front as the early leader for Rosen -- who joked that he's terrible at keeping his "cards close to his chest" -- but the Cardinal have yet to offer the 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal-caller, which allowed their Pac-12 rivals to get in the game.

Rosen has been to the two local schools, but said he wants to take his parents there on these visits, which will focus on the academic aspects of both schools along with the campus tour.

"I want to see how they like it because they're entirely East Coast people," Rosen said. "We've been to Cal and Stanford a few times, but I want them to see the academic side of UCLA and USC."

Right now, it would be tough to bet against UCLA in the race for Rosen, as the quarterback is very close with head coach Jim Mora and his family. A more productive year on the field for Cal would have had the Golden Bears in the thick of things, but a poor season will provide a challenge for Sonny Dykes' program in pursuing Rosen.

Two out-of-state programs are making things interesting for Rosen, as he said Michigan and Texas have his attention. But the schedule Rosen would like to keep could make it difficult to give those programs a realistic shot.

"I really want to check out Michigan and Texas because of the areas," Rosen said. "I want to give them a fair shot, but at the same time it's tough to get out there without official visits. And as a quarterback, it's kind of tough to play out the process that long because spots are being taken."

Rosen is working to graduate early from St. John Bosco -- he reports a 5.0 GPA at this time -- so that could speed up his timeline even more.

2015 is a loaded year at the quarterback position in the West region, but Rosen's ability will likely allow him to have the pick of any program he wants. Regardless of when that happens, it could trigger more than a few dominoes to fall at the position, as Pac-12 programs especially know that they need to hit on a quarterback in the 2015 class.