2015 5-star QB Josh Rosen Talks Pac-12 Schools, Crazy Call from a Michigan Fan
Josh Rosen, from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., is one of the nation's best 2015 pro-style quarterback recruits.
Rosen is also the No. 5 player nationally.
With big offers from the likes of Cal, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others, it's obvious that major programs have already taken notice of the rising junior recruit. He's already 6'3.5'', 200 pounds and runs a 4.55 40, according to 247Sports.
In a recent phone interview, Rosen talked to Bleacher Report about being such a highly ranked recruit. He also talked about which quarterbacks he watches most in the NFL and had a rather absurd story about an overzealous Michigan fan that's definitely worth checking out.
Bleacher Report: According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, you're the No. 5 2015 player overall, No. 2 pro-style quarterback and the No. 2 player from California. What's that like for you?
Josh Rosen: It's incredible to be in a position like that, especially the five overall, considering how many high school athletes are in my class. Not as happy about the quarterback rating being No. 2, but considering I don't get to face all the players in the country, it's an honor to be No. 5 overall.
B/R: Ricky Town from St. Bonaventure is the No. 1 pro-style QB. Do you know him?
JR: Yes, I know him very well. I've been to a bunch of camps with him. I know his dad pretty well. We see each other here and there. It's a friendly competition.
B/R: So, is there a competition for the No. 1 spot?
JR: I don't think the competition is based on a rankings board. The competition is more at every single camp we go to, throw to throw and ultimately hopefully facing each other in the playoffs.
It's about performing day in and day out whenever we see each other at the same camps, rather than sort of a rankings competition—even though that might play a little small role in it when you get to brag to each other and say 'I'm higher ranked than you.' But it's definitely more on the field than off.
B/R: Speak about your role on your team as a quarterback.
JR: It changed a little bit from last year. Last year I was a freshman going to be a sophomore. The leadership was more from a lead-by-example perspective. This year I would say I earned a lot of my team's respect, so the leadership is more from the aspect of just making sure everyone on the field is taking care of their responsibility...doing their job, as the famous Bill Belichick always says.
Being an example for the younger kids to aspire to and say, 'I wanna be like that kid, and I wanna do what he does and be recruited like he is, and handle himself like he does.'
B/R: Which NFL QB do you try to watch the most on a weekly basis?
JR: Year in, year out, Peyton Manning above all else, but I'm a huge Andrew Luck fan as of recently. I love what he did at Stanford, and I think he should get much more recognition than he already does for flipping a team that lost many of their best Pro Bowl players. He flipped a team from a 2-14 record to a wining playoff team and actually won a playoff game.
But year in, year out, probably Manning because he's the best at what he does. Technique, his mind, feet, everything—hands-down he's the best.
B/R: Luck obviously went to Stanford. Is that one of the schools that you're looking at?
JR: It's probably one of the largest players in the whole process. Just considering what he did, John Elway, Jim Plunkett. It's so nice to have that from a school's reputation standpoint.
B/R: Have you received an offer from Stanford yet?
JR: No, I have not. I'm looking forward to one in the coming weeks, maybe even sooner. They liked me at the camp, and hopefully one will come sooner rather than later.
B/R: What other schools are on your radar? Who would you like an offer from?
JR: I'd like to run the Pac-12 and get some of the SEC schools to sort of get recognition as a hard-nosed QB who isn't afraid of competition.
It would be nice to get offers from the Arizonas, Oregon, the SEC schools just to acknowledge my versatility as a player.
B/R: As far as offers that you do have, which schools stick out?
JR: Stanford (No offer, yet), Cal and UCLA. USC may join the party.
B/R: Any crazy recruiting stories?
JR: Yeah, the Michigan fan that called me. He called me and he was yelling, 'Go Blue, Go Michigan, Commit,' then hangs up the phone.
Calls back about 10 minutes later and says, 'I'm sorry about that, but Michigan is a great school and I think you should go there. And you can take us to a national championship.'
It was pretty funny.
He ended the conversation by saying, 'I'll never call you again.'
B/R: Did he sway you to check out Michigan?
JR: Not particularly.
B/R: How did he get your number?
JR: He said off my freshman/JV highlight tape. I was going back and looking and there's my number. I went back and put an annotation on it to say 'don't call this number,' but I took pride in how many views it has. So I don't know if I'll take it down, unless it gets a little out of hand.
B/R: Do you know how many views it has right now?
JR: Upwards of 2,000 for now.
B/R: Which college coach have you connected with the most?
JR: Jim Mora from UCLA because we live very close to each other. I've had some run-ins with his family. I know his daughter pretty well, we're friends. We have some mutual family friends.
From Cal, Pierre Ingram, he's the one recruiting me. He's a 12-year-old kid at heart. He's a great guy.
From Stanford, Coach [Mike] Sanford. He's a great coach. Great intentions. I love how he carries himself. He's a young guy, so he can back up everything he says. Whenever he gives you a coaching point, he can demonstrate on the spot.
B/R: How much does UCLA's recruiting momentum play into your eventual decision?
JR: I think it plays a considerable amount. You can always go to a school that isn't doing so well and flip their program around, like many players have. But it will play a good role in how everything works out.
A bonus in starting the recruiting process so early is once you have your top schools in mind you can see how what they tell you when they're recruiting you carries over to how they play through the season.
For example, the Berkeley staff with Tony Franklin and Sonny Dykes, they're telling me about these tips and tricks that they're going to try in this coming season. We'll see how it works out.
It's nice to have two seasons to go 'till you actually have to make a decision on where you want to play.
B/R: Speaking of, do you have a timetable?
JR: I'm going to take it until senior year. I'm not going to fall in love before that.
B/R: Planning on taking any visits this summer?
JR: I'm pretty much done with visits. I've been up at Stanford for five days. I was up at Cal twice. I was up at UCLA, I was at USC yesterday. I'm pretty much done visit-wise this summer.
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