LAS VEGAS- Class of 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) could be one of the most coveted signal callers in his class. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder put up outstanding numbers during his sophomore season, throwing for 2,087 yards and 22 touchdowns (352 rushing yards) and leading his team to the playoff semifinals. Fresno State has extended an offer while Stanford, UCLA and California all are showing heavy attention.
Stanford, Cal and UCLA are three schools with early momentum for 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen, who could be one of the nation's best for that cycle.
On Saturday, Rosen provided a glimpse at why the rest of the country will be involved soon enough. Displaying excellent feet, a quick release, good accuracy and arm strength, he led the talent-laden “Snoop Dogg All-Stars” to an excellent first day at the NLA Elite 7on7 Tournament.
“I threw the ball well,” Rosen said. “It’s good to come back after last season and work on your arm with a lot of great talent.”
247Sports National Scouting Director Gerry Hamilton, along with the rest of the evaluation team at 247Sports, have raved during evaluation meetings about Rosen’s sophomore film, where he displays the footwork, arm and playmaking ability that he shows in 7-on-7 competition.
On the recruiting end of things, the Cardinal, Bruins and Golden Bears are currently showing the most interest.
“My big three are Cal, Stanford and UCLA,” he said. “The UCLA quarterbacks coach reached out to me recently and told me to come to their camp. I’ve been talking to Stanford, one of the coordinators there and (new Golden Bears head coach) Sonny Dykes came down to my school (during the contact period) and he’s seen me throw.”
Because of what can best be described as a recent family history of academic excellence, Stanford has been on Rosen’s mind for some time.
“My parents actually graduated from Ivy League schools,” Rosen said. “My dad went to Penn, my mom went to Princeton. I think coming up I was sort of a Stanford fan. I liked the whole underdog thing with the academic program. Right now, I am just a fan of college football teams.”
Rosen plans to camp at UCLA in early June and also plans to head to the Bay Area to visit Stanford and Cal, most likely in the same weekend.
After watching him Saturday, Michiah Quick may project better as a cornerback, though he has outstanding potential on both sides of the ball. Quick is the No. 36 overall prospect in the 2014 247Composite, which weighs equally recruiting rankings and ratings from major recruiting media outlets to form a consensus ranking and is used exclusively to calcuate the 247Sports team recruiting rankings.
“I get to spend some time in Silicon Valley and walk around,” Rosen said.
When 247Sports releases its initial prospect ratings and rankings for the Class of 2015, there’s a good chance Rosen will have a lofty spot nationally and in the pro-style quarterback position rankings.
-Running back/athlete Calvin Tipton (Morgan Hill, Calif./Sorbrato) was one of the top all-around performers Saturday. He displayed a knack for making plays on both sides of the ball and at cornerback, had an outstanding interception of Rosen during one of the games. Tipton holds an offer from Arizona and is getting interest from Oregon State and a number of other programs. The 6-foot, 173-pounder isn’t a burner speed-wise but does a lot of good natural things. Simply put, he’s a football player. Tipton said Saturday that if his high school position, running back, doesn’t work out in college, he will likely play receiver. “I just started playing defense recently, so I will probably stick to offense in college.” If he wanted to be a cornerback or safety, though, he possesses the natural instincts to do so.
-Top247 prospect Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East) showed Saturday why many analysts and coaches are projecting him to be a cornerback at the college level. He has quick instincts and superior athleticism for that particular position. Quick also is highly-competitive and has the type of “short memory” mindset you look for in a corner. It’s not that he’s not a great receiver prospect, he’s just more rare at cornerback. Look for 247Sports to project him at that position in the near future. Quick’s offer list continues to grow daily. USC jumped in with a tender following his junior day visit there last weekend and Oregon is trending somewhat here. Quick currently is the No. 36 overall prospect in the 247Composite, with a rating of 0.9823.
-Linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra) was an inch shorter and 25 pounds lighter at this same event one year ago. Now, the Top247 prospect is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds and collecting offers almost daily. Clemson and Georgia were the latest two programs to offer. Williams spoke with Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables via phone. Williams has ties to Atlanta and Louisiana, so there’s a chance he could end up heading to the Southeast when all is said and done. Williams also confirmed he has accepted a spot in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He had 158 tackles last season and is the No. 5 outside linebacker nationally according to 247Sports.
-Top247 quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) has a live arm and it’s obvious what he can do running the football when you turn on the film. Saturday, he was hot and cold, which is expected as he was getting timing and comfort level down with his receivers. It will be important for Wilkins when he gets to the college level to quickly gain trust within the scheme of the passing game he is working in. Oregon is still the team to beat. Wilkins is the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback prospect nationally according to 247Sports.
Erik Brown (Fontana, Calif./Summit), Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) and Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe) were three of the better receivers during the first day of action. Erik Brown may have had the best overall day of any receiver, Johnson was also impressive and the top pass-catcher may have been Jalen had he not gotten injured early. ...Tyler Whiley (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Chaparral) may have had the best overall day of any one player as he was extremely impressive during the morning session. Arizona is the early team to beat ...Arizona State commit Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was outstanding in the secondary for most of the day Saturday. ...Oklahoma signees L.J. Moore and Hatari Byrd were in attendance to support the Fresno-area team. ...Wide receiver Tyrone Smith (Fresno, Calif./Edison) showed nice ability to go up and make tough catches. Look for him to get on the radar of several college programs in the near future.