It' has been a long and terrific ride for Kansas City (MO) Staley 2013 QB Trent Hosick this past year.
After starting his high school career at Ozark (MO), Trent Hosick transferred to Staley as a sophomore and had to sit out the 2010 season.
Hosick waited and worked tirelessly in the weight room and studying the game of football. Readying himself for the the moment he would be able to return to the field and lead his team into battle.
His dedication off the field turned into tremendous success on it as he led his Staley Falcons to an undefeated 14-0 record and their first state championship in school history winning Class 5 in the Dome in St. Louis.
On Wednesday, Hosick was rewarded for all his hard work on and off the field with a verbal offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes to play QB for them.
"Yes, sir! I received and offer from Iowa today to play quarterback," said Hosick. " I am absolutely excited about it! Iowa is a classy program and it really means a lot to me that they were the first school to offer me."
Trent and his father had discussed the scenario of a school being the first to offer and what that would do for whichever program pulled the trigger first.
"My Dad and I talked it over, and the offer is a blessing and an honor, so we felt that whoever was the first team to offer me will be highly considered until the end,"he said.
Hosick, who threw for over 1,400 yards and 10 TDs while completing over 63% of his passes in a predominately running offense, also carried the ball 249 times rushing for 2,054 yards and 31 TDs—including 6 TDs rushing and 1 passing in a 4 overtime win over Lee's Summit West—where Hosick refused to let his team lose.
While some have questioned his playing QB on the next level, primarily due to the offense he played in and the fact that he is not your typical high school QB physically.
At 6'2" 225lbs with 4.65 40 speed, a 385lbs bench press and close to 500lbs squat, Hosick is a wall of muscle which he uses to his advantage when carrying the ball.
However, he also displays a strong,accurate arm and the ability to make plays under difficult situations. He is also a tremendous leader and student of the game, who is a great field general and almost wills his team to scores and victory. He hasn't lost a game as the starting QB since he was in the 5th grade.
The bottom line on Trent Hosick is that he is a winner.
The offer to play QB at a Big 10 school helps put to rest some of the skeptics who questioned whether he was a QB or an Athlete.
"It's a big relief," said Hosick. ‘You hear different people and their opinions, but this is what really matters most. All I want is a chance to prove what I can do. Hopefully, other teams will see what Iowa has in me."
He likes what he has seen at Missouri, where his high school teammate Morgan Steward is committed to and will be playing in 2012.
"Hopefully, I will be getting an offer from Missouri,"he said. "I have a lot of respect for and really like Coach Pinkel and Coach Yost. They were by this week to see Morgan, and getting to play in college with him would be great."
As excited as Hosick was to receive his first offer, his primary focus when talking to him seemed to be winning a second state championship as a senior.
"The championship was great, but you can't live in the past. We are working hard already and what matters most, even more then getting this great offer, is being ready and leading my team to winning a state championship in 2012."
That's the type of attitude that is music to any coaches ears.