One of the more polished and elite quarterback prospects in the 2015 class, five-star Josh Rosen is set to make his announcement of where he is attending college tomorrow at 3:30 p.m EST. Rosen, a California native, has a list of finalists that feature three schools from his home state: UCLA, Cal and Stanford. However, his interests spread to the Midwest with Michigan rounding off his list.
With Michigan being relatively high on his list, there is a slight possibility that the senior-to-be from St. John Bosco High School can end up picking the Wolverines tomorrow.
Just how solid of a chance do they have? I wouldn't exactly hold your breath.
UCLA has been the rumored winner of the Rosen sweepstakes for months and that doesn't appear to be changing. In what would be a huge recruiting victory for the Bruins head coach Jim Mora Jr., he may have an answer for a potential future replacement for redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley when he decides to enter the Draft. A Rosen commit will also add to an impressive recruiting resume Mora has put together since taking the Bruins head coaching job.
247Sports' Crystal Ball rankings also reflect a huge surge in UCLA predictions since the beginning of the year. A decision to stay home in California only makes sense for Rosen.
Rosen did shock many people when it was announced that he was the surprise visitor Scout's Sam Webb was teasing for quite some time. With many outlets reporting that Rosen has a solid visit to Ann Arbor, it might be too little too late for the Wolverines.
However, with that visit, it proves that the interest Rosen had in Michigan was legitimate. Michigan's pursuit of the talented quarterback didn't start to pick up until offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was hired. With the Nussmeier hire, it had turned Michigan into a dark horse candidate to land him. With him being a quarterback guru and solid recruiter, it makes sense why interest between the parties picked up.
Unfortunately, Nussmeier might have come in a bit too late and the ground needing to be made up might be too large at this point. Although, Michigan having the final visit before his decision is a huge positive.
Is a weekend in Ann Arbor enough to sway him away from schools that are essentially in his back yard? At this point, it's doubtful.
Cal and Stanford are also other potential options for Rosen despite only having an offer from the Golden Bears. Cal was once presumably the leader for his services until UCLA took control. With the emergence of the UCLA football program and Cal coming off a 1-11 season and has not won more than eight games since 2010, the Bruins are the more attractive destination if winning is important. Stanford, which was a strange addition to the list to begin with, would've been a major player for him but they never ended up offering.
There is always a possibility that Rosen could stun the world tomorrow with his college choice. What a recruit or people familiar with the recruit say to media and what is really going on could be two different things. Michigan fans have felt the sting of losing a near-lock (Da'shawn Hand) to a different school after a late visit in the past, perhaps there is chance for luck to go in their favor for once.
With that being said, don't expect that to change tomorrow.
Shortly after his visit to Michigan, Rosen spoke with ($) Adam Gorney of Rivals about his visit to Ann Arbor and what it does for his current leaders. Rosen said, "I'm going to step back and think a little bit. I'm pretty positive, I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with who I originally thought of, but it makes the decision harder."
From the looks of things, the coaching staff may have done enough to at least make him think twice about his original school choice. But, it appears that he is fairly sold on the school he's had on his mind all along, which is presumably UCLA.
Where things stand right now, Wolverine fans should not be expecting to make any celebrations tomorrow. In what would be an obvious loss for the class, missing out on someone with Rosen's talent is a tough pill to swallow. However, Michigan is fortunate enough to have current talent on their roster combined with other talent being targeted for the 2015 class.
Michigan put in a valiant effort for Rosen, with a lot of that being credited to Nussmeier's effort. If this visit from over the weekend secures a commitment for the Wolverines tomorrow, it would be considered a huge upset and shocker to recruiting fans everywhere.
UPDATE: Rosen has committed to UCLA.