We aren't that far removed from national signing day, but UCLA has already secured the commitment of the top quarterback in the 2015 class.
During a campus news conference on Thursday, St. John Bosco's (Bellflower, Calif.) Josh Rosen made his verbal to Jim Mora and the Bruins, via Lindsey Thiry of Fox Sports:
2015 Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen has announced for #UCLA. He is a Scout five-star QB for the Bruins.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) March 20, 2014
Rosen spoke about the decision to sign with the Bruins (via Adam Gornley of Rivals):
Rosen admitted everyone pretty much knew where he was going. Three #UCLA hats on the table made it even more obvious.— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) March 20, 2014
Unsurprisingly, Rosen, who 247Sports' composite rankings put as the top pro-style quarterback, top recruit out of California and the No. 4 prospect in America, attracted interest from all over the country. His new school is hardly lacking talent at the quarterback position, but he's a potential program changer.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports had what the signing means for UCLA as a program:
#UCLA is going to have to two very gifted young QBs in the program after Hundley moves on in Asiantii Woulard& Josh Rosen.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) March 20, 2014
In leading St. John Bosco to a 16-0 record, a state championship over known powerhouse De La Salle and a season-ending No. 1 national ranking by MaxPreps in 2013, the junior threw for 3,200 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also ran for 404 yards and eight more scores.
Going beyond just the numbers and accolades, though, it's hard not to be enamored with Rosen's skill set.
Standing at 6'4" and weighing 200 pounds with still more than a year of high school remaining, he is physically impressive. The solid arm strength that comes with that kind of stature is there, but even more impressive is Rosen's accuracy and pocket presence.
ESPN's scouting report (subscription needed) calls Rosen "polished and poised" with a "high football IQ."
Rosen is a future...
The bottom line? This is the quarterback and leader of the best high school team in the country, and he still has another year to add strength and refine his game before he even steps onto campus.
Needless to say, this is a massive get for Mora and his staff. There is still lots of time for things to change and other variables to come into play, but Rosen has the look of a future All-America candidate.