Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA commit Josh Rosen recruiting Iman Marshall, Calvin Broadus at The Opening


When you gather the top high school recruits in the nation to work with college and professional players at Nike’s “The Opening” this week at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, the competition on the field is unlike anything you’ll see at the prep level, on and off the field.

In addition to the competition that takes place among the quarterbacks during the Elite 11 and with the rest of the players in 1-on-1 battles with offensive and defensive linemen and the hotly-contested 7-on-7 battles, the recruiting that takes place among committed recruits and the uncommitted recruits is full of intrigue.

Knowing full well this is the best opportunity to sell your school to the top targets across the country with all of them in the same location makes it imperative to take advantage of the proximity to one another and recruit anywhere, including the hotel lobby, which is what UCLA commit and No. 1 quarterback, Josh Rosen is doing.

Rosen is doing his best to bring in the nation’s elite to UCLA and he started with five-star cornerback Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif. Long Beach Poly) who is believed to be a lean to rival USC.

Marshall is the nation’s No. 8 overall recruit, two spots below Rosen, in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 2 cornerback and No. 2 recruit in the state of California.

The Bruins have some ground to make up for the 6-1, 190-pound defensive back, but that ground can begin to be made up this week, and there is no better salesman than Rosen who is lighting it up at the Elite 11.

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