National Signing Day 2011: Huntingtown LB Andrew Bose signs with Rhode Island
On a day when several top recruits signed their letters of intent on national television, Andrew Bose held his signing ceremony before 8 a.m. in front of his immediate family, high school coaches and administrators in a small conference room off the main office at Huntingtown High School.
After a stressful recruiting process during which several BCS conference schools expressed significant interest early only to back away without making an offer, Wednesday's joyful if subdued commitment to Rhode Island suited Bose just fine.
"Today is definitely a time to remember," said Bose, an honorable mention All-Met linebacker. "[The Rhode Island coaches] didn't sugarcoat things. They were very straightforward and honest and put forth the truth in their recruiting process and what's going on. Them being honest and up front about things made me want to be a part of a team that wants me."
Maryland, U-Conn., West Virginia and Boston College were among the schools that came to see Bose early in the recruiting process, but even as Bose racked up more than 100 tackles and led Huntingtown to the Maryland 3A state semifinal last fall, they stopped contacting him.
By January, no school had extended an official offer.
"Recruiting is a numbers game," Huntingtown Coach Jerry Franks said. "Andrew kind of got caught in that mix with the [Division] I-A schools, then with the I-AA schools they all liked him and, truthfully, they were all extremely surprised that he was still available."
Bose and his parents went on their first and only official visit up to Rhode Island on the weekend of Jan. 21, and when the Rams offered him a scholarship in person on Jan. 23 he committed practically on the spot, canceling planned subsequent visits to Eastern Kentucky and William and Mary.
Bose didn't end up receiving any other official offers, but he only needed the one.
"There's always some bad things you can talk about with the experience, but what really matters is that he's able to go to the next level and play," Andrew's father, Charles Bose, said. "I'm sure the schools that expressed interest and did not pull the trigger on an offer had a reason, but at the end of the day we feel like this is where he's supposed to be."
Bose also played running back for Huntingtown - finishing with 27 rushing touchdowns in his senior season - but he will play linebacker for Rhode Island. The Rams finished 5-6 last season out of the CAA.
| February 2, 2011; 3:52 PM ET
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