LOS ANGELES - Josh Rosen said it was disappointing that Pep Hamilton left Stanford for the Indianapolis Colts but some sage advice from teammate Nico Falah could be crucial as the 2015 quarterback continues his recruitment.
"It's a pretty big deal just because I liked (Hamilton) but not a big deal in my decision because I'm going for the school, not for the coaches," Rosen said.
"Nico actually told me when he was deciding between Washington and USC that Steve Sarkisian told him don't go to a school because of the coach because he could not be there. We'll see who Stanford hires because I really like the school."
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The two Northern California Pac-12 schools - Cal and Stanford - stand out most to Rosen, the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco quarterback who shined Sunday at the 4th Quarter Sports Elite 7on7 Tournament.
Others are getting involved as well. Boise State recently sent two coaches to his school to see him throw and new Cal coach Sonny Dykes along with an assistant coach stopped by as well.
With National Signing Day just wrapping up, it's been a little slow for Rosen, who has an early offer from Fresno State, but he could easily become a national recruit in the 2015 class so it's expected that his recruitment could take off at any moment.
Still, he has an affinity toward Stanford and Cal so those two programs might be difficult to beat.
"Naijiel (Hale) and Jaleel (Wadood) just got offered by Cal so they were watching them too and then Boise was down to see me in particular," Rosen said.
Rosen, who threw for 2,082 with 22 touchdowns in his sophomore season, had been hearing from UCLA but he said that has cooled off. Michigan also sent a recruiting letter recently.