Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold were often compared to each other as the starting quarterbacks of Los Angeles’ top two college programs; now they’ll be in the same draft class as each has declared they will enter the NFL draft, ESPN reports.
Rosen, UCLA’s signal-caller, made his announcement on Twitter, while USC’s Darnold took to Instagram to inform the world of his decision.
In his Instagram video, Darnold thanked his family, friends and the USC coaching staff, especially head coach Clay Helton, for “trusting in a kid from San Clemente High School with such little game tape and for giving me the opportunity and chance to start at such an incredible university.”
Rosen wasn’t available for his team’s Cactus Bowl loss to Kansas State, as he was recovering from a concussion sustained in the team’s final regular-season game. It was the second concussion Rosen sustained during the season; he also missed the team’s Nov. 3 loss to Utah.
“I wish we had won more games, but friendships were forged and memories were made that will last a lifetime,” Rosen said in his statement posted on Twitter.