7 Reasons Why 5-Star QB Josh Rosen Will Commit to UCLA

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 17, 2014

7 Reasons Why 5-Star QB Josh Rosen Will Commit to UCLA

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    Josh Rosen is a 5-star quarterback from California who is regarded by many as one of the premier overall talents in the 2015 recruiting class.

    At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Rosen has everything a coach could ask for in a quarterback prospect. He possesses great arm strength to attack the third level of the field and outside the hashes, plus he consistently throws with accuracy.

    Rosen is also an intelligent player who works with confidence on the field. He is scheduled to make his decision on March 20, says 247Sports, with UCLA being the heavy favorite.

    Here's why the Bruins will land their man.

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    The first two letters of UCLA's name are academic assets. UC schools have terrific academic programs that provide a great challenge to its students.

    The Bruins offer Rosen not only a chance to play football on a big stage, but also a chance to grow academically. Receiving a degree from UCLA is not a shabby thing to have at all. 

Familiar and Good Talent Around Him

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    UCLA has recruited well under head coach Jim Mora. The Bruins signed the No. 7 class in the country in 2013 and finished with the No. 19 group in 2014.

    So, it's safe to say Rosen will be surrounded by many other talented football players in Westwood. Plus, with UCLA recruiting California well over the past few years, there are a lot of faces familiar to Rosen on the Bruins' roster.

    The chance to throw to 2014 receivers such as 4-star prospects Austin Roberts and Alex Van Dyke, plus 2013 4-star tight end Thomas Duarte will be too much to pass up for Rosen.

    UCLA also has a commitment from 2015 4-star tight end Aliz'e Jones.

Taylor Mazzone

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    Another reason why Rosen will pledge to the Bruins is because of their quarterbacks coach, Taylor Mazzone. 

    A young passing tutor, Mazzone has quickly made a name for himself in the coaching ranks. Current starting quarterback Brett Hundley is in the middle of being developed into a high pick in the draft.

    Mazzone's father is UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, but it's Taylor who runs the quarterbacks' meeting room. 

    He's also a great recruiter who can be quite charming, energetic and persuasive on the recruiting trail. His charisma, intelligence and ability to relate to Rosen all will help UCLA secure the 5-star passer's commitment. 

Offensive Scheme Tailored to His Strengths

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    UCLA offensive chief Noel Mazzone has shown that he'll tailor his offense to the strength of his personnel.

    Don't forget, before Brett Hundley became Brett Hundley, former UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin rushed for 1,734 and 13 touchdowns, per Sports-Reference.com

    After Franklin left for the NFL, the offense became more quarterback-centric around Hundley. With Rosen at the helm, Mazzone will build the attack around his arm strength, intelligence and accuracy. 

Jim Mora

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    UCLA head coach Jim Mora is as player-friendly of a head coach as there is in college football. Mora has a lot of charisma in his personality, and his players love playing for him.

    Mora has also formed a tight relationship with Rosen, which will bode well for the Bruins when he makes his decision soon. 

    Edward Lewis of BruinSportsReport.com (subscription required) said of Rosen, "He knows he has a great relationship with Jim Mora and the Mazzones, and he knows he fits the offense well, as it's very similar to what he runs at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco."

Location and Proximity from Home

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    Rosen attends St. John Bosco in Bellflower, which is more in the southeast portion of Los Angeles. UCLA's campus in Westwood is just a short trek west toward the beach, so he wouldn't be far from home at all.

    Rosen would be able to head back home to see his family anytime at his choosing, and he wouldn't have to adjust to a new environment or culture. Plus, Westwood is a fantastic area that is not far from Beverly Hills or Hollywood.

Chance to Start Right Away Due to Brett Hundley's Likely Departure

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    Sure, incumbent quarterback Brett Hundley has two more seasons of eligibility left. Yet, this will likely be his final season at UCLA.

    Hundley is one of the best players in the country, and he's going to be one of the first players taken in the 2015 NFL draft. That means UCLA will likely be looking for a new quarterback after this year, which could be Rosen.

    Yes, Asiantii Woulard is on the roster, but the competition will be open. Rosen has a chance to start as a true freshman for the Bruins.


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.