Pac-12 offensive coach said of UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen, "On the field, he's one of the best talents I've seen in a while."
"Incredible head for the game," the coach said. "But you also hear stories about him. That he's too cocky or that he's not coachable. Sometimes overconfidence gets misconstrued as cocky. I just know that a lot of people have said he's the same kid he was in high school and hasn't grown up yet." The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Rosen threw for 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman. He wore a "F*** Trump" hat on one of Donald Trump's golf courses in April. One man's cocky is another man's swagger.
LSU graduate transfer QB Anthony Jennings is reportedly in the early stages of transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette.
As a graduate set to earn his degree later this summer, Jennings would be eligible to participate immediately. Stuck behind Brandon Harris on the depth chart after losing a competition last season, Jennings' departure is not a surprise. He accrued a 12/8 TD/INT during his time with the Tigers, mostly as a sophomore.
A Pac-12 defensive coach is convinced Oregon State is on the rise.
"We played them [at a previous stop]," the coach said. "I have a lot of respect for what he's capable of doing. There's no doubt he has a plan in place. Unfortunately, they're going to get better. I wish they weren't." Treston Decoud and Dwayne Williams are a nice duo at corner, and the offense should be fronted by emerging RB Ryan Nall. The Beavers will be better than last season's 2-10, but we struggle to see them tripling that win output to reach bowl eligibility this fall.
Ex-Baylor four-star 2016 T Patrick Hudson signed with Texas.
Hudson was one of five Baylor recruits released from national letters of intent (NLI) on June 23. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder may have been the best of the bunch, the No. 1-ranked offensive guard and No. 56 overall prospect in the class, per ESPN. Hudson will enroll at Texas on July 11. Hudson follows WR Devin Duvernay, T J.P. Urquidez and ATH Donovan Duvernay in flopping from Baylor to Texas following the former's scandal. Hudson, Devin Duvernay and Urquidez were all four-star, ESPN300 prospects, while Donovan Duvernay was a three-star.
An anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach said he isn't so sure this will be a rebuilding year at Cal.
"Tough to say," he said when asked. "I'd love to say yes -- sign me up for that. But they're good at what they do. They have their scheme. So they're a little bit of an unknown. I assume they have another first-round draft pick at quarterback, NFL-level receivers. But I hope it's a rebuilding year." He's not saying Davis Webb, the celebrated transfer picked up from Texas Tech, is a first-rounder, but presumably nodding at both the first-round tools and Cal's recent history of developing those into actualization. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Webb is in a great position to hurdle up draft boards this fall if he succeeds. If he does, the Golden Bears won't have suffered through a rebuilding campaign.
Alabama freshman LB Lyndell Wilson will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in one of his knees.
It is the second major medical procedure Wilson has undergone this offseason, following labrum surgery in the spring. 247Sports ranked Wilson as the No. 15 overall prospect in this past recruiting cycle and Rivals had him as the No. 26 player in the country. Wilson may be headed for a redshirt.
When asked why Mike Leach's offense is so difficult to defense, a Pac-12 defensive coach said it's because "there's a lot of answers built into the system and built into each play."
"When you take one thing away, there's something else that's there, and their quarterback is able to recognize that and go to it," he said. "When they go to a second or third choice, the guy makes the play and then he gets some extra yards." In addition to the aerial pyrotechnics, Wazzu averaged 80.1 rushing yards per game last season, nearly three times what they averaged in Leach's first year in the Pac-12.
Penn State head coach James Franklin said Big Ten teams are using the school's infractions against them when recruiting.
Franklin was asked about Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, specifically. He included those teams along with "others" as examples. "We have that conversation with every single prospect. We don't usually initiate it, but it's coming from somewhere," Franklin told beat writer Rich Scarcella. Infractions are certainly difficult to overcome, but those are coming to an end soon. Losing more often than the other programs listed likely impact recruiting at a higher rate. Routine assistant coaching changes impact recruiting, too.