December 14, 2011

Tide looks to the Midwest for OL help

The University of Alabama has been able to recruit on a national level in recent years, and on Tuesday, the coaching staff extended its reach to the Midwest when it offered a scholarship to 2013 offensive lineman Kyle Bosch from Wheaton, Ill.

"It was a great honor," Bosch said. "Right now, Alabama is set to be in the national championship and could be the national champions in the country. It's a very humbling to get this offer just because of the prestige behind it."

Bosch has been in contact with UA offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland over the last couple of months, but it wasn't until this week that Stoutland confirmed the scholarship offer.

"I've talked to him a couple times," Bosch said. "He says he likes my character, how I play the game and my technique. He really liked my film."

The Crimson Tide offer was his second Southeastern Conference offer (Ole Miss being the other) and the 14th overall. Though it's still early in the process, Bosch said he's favoring Alabama, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Stanford at this point.

This fall, he visited Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Stanford and made it clear that he wants to play for a winning football team.

"Education is a big factor, but I also want to be with a good football team and a football team that all shares similar goals and just a good group of guys to be around that have a similar personality as I do," Bosch said.

The Illinois native has never been to Alabama's campus before, but he is talking with Stoutland about setting up a visit to Tuscaloosa in January or February.

Bosch wants to make sure he gets a look at every interested school before making a decision, but he also indicated he would like to get it out of the way before the start of his senior year at St. Francis High School.

"I think getting it done before my senior year would be nice, but at this point, I don't know if that's going to be possible with all of these great options that I've been presented with."

At 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, Bosch believes he can play any position on the offensive line at the next level but would like to play tackle, the spot where Alabama is looking at him. He also prefers run-blocking to pass-blocking, which bodes well for the Crimson Tide's offense.

"I play with a lot of tenacity," Bosch said. "I play with a chip on my shoulder. I love to get after it on run-blocking because, in my opinion, I don't think you can demoralize an opponent any more than by running the ball.

"You can throw a 40-yard bomb, and make that one defensive back feel like an idiot, but if you run the ball for even 10-15 yards every time, and they can't stop you, I think that just drains a defense. It gives them that sense of hopelessness."

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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