Highland Park, Mich., wide receiver Jermal Hosley is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, after producing at a high level in his junior season. With several schools in contact and watching his progress closely, however, the 5-9, 170-pound Hosley has been making visits throughout the winter and has more planned for spring.
Hosley planned to attend Notre Dame's Junior Day last weekend, but at the last minute decided to head down to Toledo instead.
"We got a chance to watch practice and their practice looked well constructed," Hosley said. "We saw their new indoor facilities they just built and they offer some good opportunities up there. They showed me more than what I usually hear about Toledo. They look like they are going through a rebuilding stage, and it looks good how they are rebuilding.
"Their receiver coach said before they offer he wants to get a chance to work with me. They don't have that many scholarships to give away for receiver, so he wants to make sure he makes the right decision."
Hosley is eyeing summer camps as an opportunity to showcase his skills for college coaches and hopefully pick up some offers. Besides Toledo, he is planning on attending camps with several high Division 1 programs.
"I plan on going down to Ohio State for one of their one-days," Hosley said. "Then, I plan to go down south to Florida and Florida State's one-days."
Hosley has been receiving interest from schools like Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Wisconsin since the spring. He has also started to hear from some new schools in recent weeks.
"I just got a letter from Missouri today, and they have invited me down so I think I might end up going down there," Hosley said. "Central Michigan's Coach [Terry] Samuel, I recently spoke with him. He sounded really excited to have me. Syracuse's coach Tyrone Wheatly, he liked me since he'd been at Eastern. I guess he just went out there and told them that I was a good player so I've been getting interest letters from them."
Besides being a standout football player, Hosley is also one of the state of Michigan's top sprinters. He was the only sophomore to qualify for the 100 meters finals in Class A last spring, but he has gotten off to a slow start to his track season this spring due to injury.
"I really haven't been able to do much running because of my hamstring," Hosley said. "I just recently got back into it, but I should start running again tomorrow."
As a junior, Hosley caught 36 passes for 800 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and one punt for a touchdown.