Five-star 2015 quarterback prospect Josh Rosen is scheduled to make his college decision at 3:30 p.m EST on Thursday. While UCLA has been the prohibitive favorite for quite some time now, Rosen made things interesting late last week when he took a surprise visit to Michigan.
The teams that are the favorites to land Rosen are UCLA, Michigan, Stanford and California. A commit from 2015’s top quarterback prospect would be a big haul, and you can see what that would mean for each team after the jump.
UCLA: Even with the visit to Michigan last weekend, the Bruins are still the favorite to get a commit from Rosen. Not only does UCLA make the most sense for him from a location standpoint, but it also offers him the best chance to start immediately, as current quarterback Brett Hundley may jump to the NFL following the 2014 season.
Academically, UCLA stacks up pretty well with Michigan, so if he decides to stay in California he isn’t really sacrificing a prestigious degree. He seems like a good fit in offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone‘s scheme and would be successful there.
A commit from Rosen be huge for head coach Jim Mora, who has cleaned up on the recruiting trail the last few years and is attempting to bring back UCLA to national prominence.
Michigan: If you had to pick a dark horse to where Rosen will land, it starts in Ann Arbor. Michigan has gone after him for awhile now, but things didn’t really start to pick up until the hiring of Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator. Nussmeier is a quarterback guru and a great recruiter, as well, so it’s not hard to see why Rosen decided to at least give the Wolverines a week or so before he made his decision.
The biggest draw for Rosen to Michigan would likely be Nussmeier. He has been developing quarterbacks into star players for the better part of the last decade. Rosen would be one of the best talents he has had the chance to work with, so the potential for growth in a pro-style offense exists at Michigan. It’s just a matter of if Brady Hoke and staff can convince him to come east.
There would be some competition if Rosen was to come to Michigan, though. Shane Morris and Wilton Speight will likely battle it out for the starting spot in 2015, and they would instantly be able to throw Rosen into that mix.
Stanford: Head coach David Shaw would love to get his hands on Rosen as a guy to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Luck and Kevin Hogan. Rosen fits in the system there and would succeed under Shaw. The Cardinal have been to BCS games and gone toe to toe with some of the elite programs in football both on the recruiting trail and on the field since Jim Harbaugh was there, and it has continued under Shaw.
A commit from Rosen to Stanford would bridge the gap from good quarterback-to-good quarterback-to-good quarterback.
California: Sadly for the Golden Bears, there isn’t much going in their favor outside of proximity. Cal is coming off of a 1-11 season and has not won eight games or more since 2010. Rosen is being courted by some of the elite programs in the country, and it just doesn’t appear Cal really has a shot tomorrow.
On the off chance they do get a pledge from Rosen, it could help head coach Sonny Dykes on the recruiting trail open the flood gates for other talented prospects out here, but it is extremely unlikely.
UCLA should be the name that gets called by Rosen tomorrow, regardless of the Michigan visit from late last week. Too many signs are pointing in that direction to suggest otherwise. It’s going to be intriguing to see how college football plays out in Los Angeles over the next four seasons or so, as USC brought in a five-star quarterback themselves in Ricky Town. Town vs. Rosen could be one of the best head-to-head quarterback match-ups in the near future.
You can check out our profile of Josh Rosen here.