National Signing Day means a lot of things to different people. For parents and coaches, it’s a proud and joyous moment as they watch their children and players’ dreams come true. For the student athletes, it’s a happy and fulfilling moment, mainly because all of their hard work on the field and in the classroom has paid off and now they have the opportunity to make their college dreams come true by choosing the college of their choice and signing the letter of intent.
It is on this special day that six-foot, 230 pound senior running back Gary Hosey of Detroit Cass Tech High School signed his letter of intent to the University of Buffalo along with his other Cass Tech teammates who signed their letter of intents to various schools.
When I asked what National Signing Day meant to him, Hosey had a simple answer.
“It is solidification that I will be going to University of Buffalo and it is on this day that I mark the next chapter of my life.” Hosey said.” I’m also happy that the recruiting process is over with.”
Hosey certainly wasn’t exaggerating when he expressed that he was happy that the recruiting process was over.
“Don’t get me wrong, it was a cool experience but it was also nerve-racking.” Hosey replied. “Getting my hopes up for the offers that didn’t come, coaches telling me one thing then doing another. However, I wouldn’t change my recruiting process for anything, because it was a great learning experience and blessing to receive full ride scholarships to college.”
Over the course of his career at Cass Tech, Hosey received multiple offers from colleges including Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Toledo, Ball State and Wayne State (Mich.). At one point during his recruitment, Hosey committed to Eastern Michigan but he later de-committed, stating that it wasn’t the best option for him.
“When I committed to Eastern Michigan, I honestly think I committed to quickly.” Hosey said. “I didn’t look at all aspects of the program. Then you add that with the struggles of the program and the constant reports and rumors that the coaching staff who was currently recruiting wouldn’t be there, I decided I didn’t want to go to a place with new coaches that I wasn’t familiar with.”
It was also during the course of his high school football career that Hosey was considered to be an underrated recruit, that some scouts and even coaches felt he should have received more offers, specifically from major division one schools. While Hosey admits it would have been great to receive more big time offers, he ultimately says he is happy with the colleges who offered him and his decision to commit to Buffalo.
“Honestly, it would have been nice to receive more offers from bigger division one schools, my junior year was as good as any highly ranked prospect in the country and I was still underrated in the state of Michigan.” Hosey replied. “Overall, I believe in my ability and I believe I am as good as any running back in the country but I didn’t let the number of offers or the level of offers I have discourage me. I appreciate every school who offered me but I believe Buffalo is the best fit for me and I am happy to be a Buffalo Bull.”
There is no doubt that Hosey is happy with his decision to sign with Buffalo, for the main reason that Buffalo fits what he needs and wants both academically and athletically.
“When it came down to committing and signing with Buffalo, one of the key factors was the fact that they have a good business program which is what I want to major in.” Hosey replied. “When it comes to their football program, I like the fact that they have a good running game and run the ball often. Plus I have a good relationship with the coaching staff and I get to go there with my teammate and friend Will White.
Hosey also added that his family and coaches are happy with his decision.
“Yes, my family loved Buffalo when we visited.” Hosey said. “They enjoyed meeting and talking to the coaching staff and they loved the campus and I believe my coaches are happy with my decision too.”
Just when you thought that his commitment to Buffalo couldn’t get any better, it does, because while at Buffalo, Hosey will be forming a Cass Tech reunion, seeing that his current teammate and fellow senior classmate Will White will be joining him at Buffalo but he will also be re-uniting with two of his former Cass Tech teammates in Brandon Berry and William Remebert while at Buffalo.
“It feels good to know that I get to play alongside my former Cass Tech teammates Brandon Berry and William Rembert while at Buffalo.” Hosey replied. “I am very cool with Will, since my mother and his aunt work together, then Brandon and I also have a cool friendship.
Now, when it comes to transition from high school to college some feel anxiety about it but Hosey says he can’t wait to get to Buffalo and because of his experience at Cass Tech High School, he feels fully prepared to take on the challenge of being a full-time student athlete at the college level.
“Being a student-athlete at Cass Tech was a good experience for me.” Hosey said. “I feel like Cass Tech prepared me for the next level which is college, so I feel confident that I will be able to balance my academics and athletics while maintaining high expectations for myself in both areas.”
He’s certainly not kidding about high expectations because when I asked what type of career does he expect to have while at Buffalo, Hosey answers entailed not only high expectations for himself but for his team as well.
“During my career at Buffalo, I hope to have success individually and as a team.” Hosey replied. “I’m coming to Buffalo with the goal of earning the starting spot at running back and I want my success on the field to benefit me as well as my team. I am coming in with competitive mind-set and I know my team is too, so you can expect us to compete for a Mid-American Conference Championship.”
I don’t know about you but I am excited to watch Hosey’s career at Buffalo and there’s no doubt that Hosey is ready to show the nation what he can do. While Hosey says he hopes to show NFL scouts what he can do to, he also added that if he doesn’t make it to the NFL, he certainly has a back-up plan.
“I definitely want to make it to the NFL but if I don’t, my life doesn’t stop.” Hosey said. “I will be majoring in business while at Buffalo, so I would really like to do something in business possibly marketing. Whatever I decide to do, I still want to have a career that allows me to interact with young athletes, so I may look into a career in athletics or something dealing with athletics and young athletes, so I can mentor them like others did for me.”
Overall, you can see that Hosey is a bright and hard-working young man, both on and off the field and although he didn’t sign with a major university, he represents what National Signing Day is all about. Mainly because he is a young man who has worked hard in the classroom and on the field and has been rewarded with a full-ride scholarship to college, where he gets a chance to play the game he loves and get a free education. While his goal is the NFL, he still has great back-up plan and career goals and that is what National Signing Day is all about and those are things you want a student athlete to work for and be proud of on this day, called National Signing Day.
So congratulations to all who are making a life long dream official today by making their college decision and signing their national letters of intent. Your hard work has paid off.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit