Quarterback guru Steve Clarkson held his first camp of the new year on Saturday at L.A. Cathedral, and in the perfect marketing coup, he brought together UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and USC quarterback Max Browne to serve as counselors for the high school, middle school and elementary school students from some 36 states.
"Can you throw me a pass?" an 8-year-old wearing a Peyton Manning Denver Broncos jersey asked Rosen, who promptly threw a spiral caught by the excited young boy.
Both were offering advice to the likes of Tate Martell from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, Cameron Rising from Newbury Park and 14-year-old Aaron McLaughlin, a 6-foot-4 seventh-grader from Atlanta who looks like a manchild and figures to be the next David Sills in Clarkson's stable of pupils.
Forget that it's early January and the prep football season just ended.
"Football season starts now," Clarkson declared.
And he isn't wrong. The year-round training and camps have just begun. Seven on seven games are just around the corner. The wooing of quarterbacks is well under way.
Rosen is excited about seeing what his new UCLA offensive coaches will bring to the table. Browne is excited that he'll get a shot to start if he can win the job in spring practice.
Let the competition begin.