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2015 Rivals100 presented by Under Armour
BELLFLOWER, Calif. - Josh Rosen is taking an important unofficial visit to UCLA this weekend, a crucial step as the recruiting process continues for the top-rated quarterback in the 2015 class.
Things escalated this week when rumors spread that Rosen was seriously considering a commitment to the Bruins on this trip but after considering all options, Rosen said Friday no pledge is expected.
UCLA is a frontrunner but the St. John Bosco five-star quarterback said he's decided against any commitment this early.
"What I'm looking forward to most is getting to talk to some of their players," Rosen said. "Some players are taking me around and I want to get a sense of what it actually is, not what it's presented to be in terms of the school life and how the coaches coach instead of how they say they coach.
"I've seen the campus a few times and my parents are interested in the visit. I want to check it out."
Rosen, rated second overall in the 2015 class by Rivals.com, admits to some pressure to make an early commitment by every school recruiting him. The Bosco recruit seriously considered a pledge to UCLA but has decided not to finalize anything yet.
"There is a little bit of pressure to commit but there is from everybody," Rosen said.
"If a school feels they're sort of leading or whatever they want to get you as solid as they possibly can. The recruiting process, the idea is they recruit you to a school and you have to make sure you're not getting wrapped up in individual things and you see the whole big picture.
"You're going to a university for four years. You want to have fun and play football for four years and hopefully it will carry on beyond that."
Cal and Stanford are two other programs being seriously considered by Rosen, who shined last summer at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour in Chicago. Stanford has not offered yet and Rosen said he hasn't heard much from that coaching staff recently.
Rosen is quite familiar with Cal since he's been there multiple times. One school that might more roundly enter his recruitment is Michigan if the five-star can find time to visit Ann Arbor.
"I've seen plenty of Cal and Stanford," Rosen said. "The school I'd actually travel to see is Michigan. I've seen Cal like four times now because I've seen Bryce (Treggs) up there and went to Elite 11 stuff. I pretty much know what's going on there.
"I want to check out Michigan, maybe Texas, I don't know. Michigan is one I definitely want to go to."
USC is another program that has offered but Rosen said he has had limited contact with the Trojans since the coaching change even though he's developed a good relationship with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Clay Helton.
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