Thursday, July 18, 2013
Rosen, No. 1 QB in 2015, lands USC offer
By Blair Angulo
USC has held a verbal commitment from Class of 2015 quarterback David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) for more than three years, but that didn't prevent the Trojans from extending a scholarship offer to another signal-caller on Thursday.
Coach Lane Kiffin, who offered Sills as a seventh-grader, is now in the hunt for local standout Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), the No. 1-rated pocket passer in the ESPN Junior 300.
St. John Bosco's Josh Rosen, the top pocket-passing QB prospect in the 2015 class, favors Stanford.
Rosen landed the USC offer on Thursday, a couple of weeks after impressing quarterbacks coach Clay Helton at the school's Rising Stars Camp. Sills and Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), the No. 2-rated pocket passer who has offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Texas and UCLA, also competed at the event.
Rosen, who has offers from Cal, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt among others, said at the recent Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison "Battle at the Beach" passing tournament that he favors Stanford.
The USC offer, though important, hasn't altered his mind just yet.
"It doesn't really change much," Rosen said. "I just want to go visit the school. I love their academics and football winning tradition."
Rosen added that he will likely visit campus soon and attend a handful of USC home games this upcoming season. He passed for 2,028 yards and 22 touchdowns in 13 games as a sophomore last fall, guiding St. John Bosco to a Trinity League title and appearance in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship.
USC recently lost out on No. 1-rated pocket passer Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), the only 2014 quarterback it had offered. Chryst committed to Stanford just prior to the Elite 11 finals, forcing the Trojans to search for other options. They reached out to Elite 11 MVP Sean White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) after he returned home from The Opening last week, but White has since committed to Auburn.