PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Josh Rosen spent his off day at Notre Dame Preparatory.
The Cardinals quarterback walked into the Saints weight room with a surprise. Rosen was holding the Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year trophy and handed it to Notre Dame Prep’s Jake Smith.
“I was pretty shocked. I thought it was for the state one, I had no idea it was for the national one,” said Smith. “It’s just a whirlwind of emotion. I was shocked.”
Smith was stunned. He’s the first Arizona player to win the national award.
“My best advice would be don’t get caught growing up too quick. Have fun with what you’re doing in the moment. I was in a rush to wrap up high school, left early to get to college,” said Rosen, when asked about what advice he gave Smith. “[I] left early to get to the NFL. You forget to relish in these incredible moments like this.”
Rosen's visit wasn't the only surprise. Smith's family kept the secret from him for a week. His mom and dad, Tina and James, didn't tell Jake or his brother Gavin, a freshman at Notre Dame Prep. The also told him the Gatorade camera crew that was following him around was for a recruiting video.
"We did a great job of faking him out," said Tina Smith, Jake's mom. "He was really excited about the state award and he mentioned something that might happen if he won the national award and I said, 'don't get your hopes up honey."
"This film crew had been following me around for the past couple days and they kept telling me that they were from Who's Next films," said Jake Smith. "I had no idea who they were. I'd like to apologize if I was cranky or anything because I didn't know it was for this."
Smith was in the stands watching Josh Rosen play for the Cardinals last weekend. If all goes well at Texas, Smith could be playing with or against the Cardinals qb in just a few short years. Rosen reflected on missing out on the award his senior year at St. John Bosco.
"Kyler actually took the award that year," said Rosen, about recent Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.
Then with a sly smile he added, "I'm not bitter."