- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Junior offensive tackle Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./Saint Francis) was recently offered by Alabama.
The offer took Bosch aback.
“It was very humbling,” Bosch said. “They are the No. 2 team in the country and to give you an offer is real exciting.”
Crimson Tide offensive line coach Jeff Stroutland extended Bosch the offer, and it was about the fifth time the two have talked, Bosch said. Stroutland told Bosch he likes the way he plays, and Bosch fits the mold of a Crimson Tide offensive lineman.
“I’m a real hard-nosed player with a lot of tenacity,” Bosch said. “One of my favorite things about football is run blocking.
“[Stroutland] said he liked intensity I played with and how I finish my blocks and my attitude on the field.”
Bosch and Stroutland talked about getting down there for a visit, and Bosch is hoping to make it to Tuscaloosa sometime during the winter or spring. He might make an entire road trip of it.
“I’m going to get to Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska and maybe when I’m down in Alabama I might take a tour of some SEC schools,” Bosch said. “I’ll possibly go to Florida and Miami and maybe Ole Miss and Mississippi State and Georgia and look around own there and see what they have to offer.”
Bosch now has 14 offers, but he is still waiting on one team to extend one.
“Hopefully Notre Dame offers at some point since they’re so close,” Bosch said. “They are a five-hour drive from me so it’s just waiting for that one. I thought I’d get that early on but hopefully I’ll get it at some point.”
Bosch visited Notre Dame as well as Iowa, Michigan (twice), Northwestern and Stanford during the season. Bosch intends that he doesn’t have any favorites at this point, though.
“Not really,” Bosch answered when asked if any teams were standing out. “There’s really no clear cut leader or top five or top three. I still got a lot of time.”
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