February 19, 2012

Michigan's people won Bosch over

Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis offensive lineman Kyle Bosch had many scholarships to choose from by the time he committed to Michigan yesterday. Alabama, Stanford, and Iowa were just a few of the high-profile programs that wanted him to become part of their program. However, with the recruiting process starting to weight on him, Michigan was the lucky institution that added the four-star prospect.

"It's great to be able to have that total relief, and have that total solidarity," he said. "I know that if I committed now, I won't have to be worried about as many phone calls, e-mails, facebook, all that crazy stuff that goes on in recruiting. Now I can focus on being a better leader, better football player, and better son. The recruiting stuff definitely has been grating me lately. It gets too much at a certain point. I'm glad how it all turned out, and to play for Michigan. They're a great football team, and it's going to be a hell of a ride."

Bosch pulled the trigger while he was on Michigan's campus yesterday, but he had an idea before heading into Ann Arbor that a commitment was a possibility. His previous visits to Ann Arbor had put Michigan in the lead, and the commitment was just a culmination of it.

"It kind of just happened," he said. "I went to bed Friday night contemplating all of my offers, and in the morning I woke up with a feeling in by gut that said 'I think Michigan might be the place, and if I get that same feel that I got the last few times I was there, I'll commit.'"

It was his relationships with the people at Michigan that won him over. While almost any school can build impressive facilities or wear the latest in jersey technology, Michigan stood out because of the genuine nature of everyone involved with the football program.

"I never look at the facilities, I never look at all that other stuff - how cool the uniforms are," Bosch said. "Honestly, I'm a Nike guy, but if I cared about that I'd be going to Oregon. It's always been about the people and getting to know the coaching staff. Going through the whole thing, talking to some of the kids that played there and some of the coaches - between the defensive line coaches, the offensive coordinator, the defensive coordinator, the strength and conditioning coaches, athletic training coordinator - after talking to all of them and getting to know them, I could tell that Michigan is definitely a special place, and I can't wait to be a Michigan Man."

Although he has a senior season to worry about now, the recruiting process is out of the way, so Bosch can put his full efforts into having success on the field with St. Francis this fall. Bosch predicts big things out of his team.

"My plan for my senior year is winning state," he said. "We have 17 returning starters, and we're all in the weight room hard. I think we're going to come back, and hopefully shut out our conference. I'm really excited for what we can do."

Once that's over with, it's on to Michigan. Once he arrives in Ann Arbor, he has a few different positions available to play, according to the Wolverines' coaches.

"They told me they project me playing as a guard or a tackle," he said. "They said they love my footwork and they love my athleticism, and they could see me playing both positions. But I'm learning to snap and I'm getting better. I could be a triple-threat and be ready to contribute as early as possible. I've been busting my butt in the weight room and watching film, and I'm getting to become a Swiss army knife at the next level."

Bosch was the fourth player to pick Michigan - and just the first of a Saturday that saw six four-stars commit. He is ranked the No. 60 player in the nation, according to Rivals.

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