Monday, December 01, 2014

Josh Rosen no. 1 (or is it Josh Sweat?)

Being ranked as the No. 1 player in the country by Rivals.com is a big deal, plain and simple. It's an opportunity to go down in history with the likes of Vince Young, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Jadeveon Clowney, some of the best to ever suit up in a high school football game. In the class of 2015, we've already had one change at the top and now, in our second-to-last release, we have another as UCLA quarterback commitment Josh Rosen takes over the top spot while three other prospects earned a coveted fifth star.

Rosen, a 6-foot-4, 207-pound signal-caller from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, has been ranked No. 2 in the Rivals100 Presented By Under Armour since our first numerical release over a year ago for the class of 2015. While defensive tackle Trenton Thompson started off at No. 1 and was replaced by defensive end Byron Cowart after the spring, Rosen lurked and remained amazingly consistent. Now the honor is his, but he needs to defend it as we head into all-star season and the final ranking in mid-January.

This isn't as much about Cowart falling as it is about Rosen simply continuing to play at an elite level at the most important position on the field. Rosen has always had that 'it' factor, the confidence bordering on cockiness, the intangibles, leadership and all the physical skills to be special. It's ridiculous to say, I know it, but he reminds me of Tom Brady out there. He's intense, confident and you always have the feeling that he'll make a play regardless of the talent level around him. He's the kind of quarterback that will win games because that's what he expects to do and nothing else is acceptable. It's hard to describe.

Cowart, a defensive end from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, drops to No. 3 as Haines City, Fla. Florida State safety commitment Derwin James jumps ahead of him in the state and nationally to No. 2.

[12/10/14] So why is this story saying that Josh Sweat is no. 1?  Looking at the Rivals list, Sweat is ranked no. 31.

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