Highland Park (Mich.) wide receiver Jermal Hosley came out of his junior season with a lot of hype after catching 36 passes for 800 yards and scoring nine total touchdowns. The 5-9, 172-pound Hosley has battled injuries this off-season, though, and has not accumulated the number of scholarship offers he expected.
"I have just two offers from Ball State and Bowling Green," Hosley said. "I'm talking to some other colleges, and hopefully more offers come in, but if not then I'll probably verbally commit to one of these schools. I'm going to do it this summer so I can concentrate on our team."
A couple of Big Ten programs are among the schools Hosley is watching for potential scholarship offers before the summer concludes.
"Purdue, they are showing interest and I could still hear something from Michigan State," Hosley said. "The height thing is a problem with some schools. What I really want is to go into a school that is interested in me as a player and what I can do."
Neither Ball State nor Bowling Green were concerned with Hosley's height, and both programs feel the speedy receive can be an asset in their respective offenses.
"Ball State, they think that I can have a big future in their offense," Hosley said. "They have compared me to Dante Love a lot and they think I can help them in punt returns.
"Bowling Green, they talk about moving me around in their offense and finding ways to get me the ball. I could be in the slot or running the ball in the Wildcat."
Hosley was the only sophomore to qualify for the state 100 meters final in 2009, but a hamstring injury curtailed his junior track season. Now healthy again, Hosley has his sights set on finishing his high school football career on a strong note.
"I've been working out with my track coach. We have 5 a.m. runs and at 6 a.m. I go to weight training," Hosley reported. "After that I work out with my team. My team is doing a lot of 7-on-7's. I'm just trying to stay healthy and doing a lot of tape watching so hopefully I can be the best player on the field."