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Commitment Spotlight: Daniel Bostick
"I received the offer a week before the Navy-Army game," said Daniel Bostick. "I was excited, but a little deterred by the military aspect I guess you could say. That all changed on my visit. I saw how close the guys were, and that's what I was looking for. I got a gut feeling God telling me this is where I need to be."
Bostick had both of his parents with him on the visit who drove up from Birmingham on Thursday. He flew the following day with Navy commitment, Bradley Bostick (Oak Mountain High School), and recruit Taje Embery (J.O. Johnson High School).
"My host was Kwesi Mitchell from Hoover [Ala.]," Bostick said. "We went to the bowling alley, to dinner, then we went back and chilled in Michael Tuimavave's dorm. We just hung out and talked about the good things and bad things about the Naval Academy from their perspective."
Although Bostick was very charged up about the prospect of joining the Midshipmen he decided to hold off on committing while he was still in Maryland.
"I just wanted to make sure and not act on emotion," Bostick explained. "I took a day to reflect and pray on it. After I slept on it, I was ready to make my choice and called Coach (Keith) Jones to commit."
Bostick said Defensive Coordinator, Buddy Green, told him he could play inside or outside linebacker. This season for the John Carroll Cavaliers, Bostick recorded 118 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and an interception. On special teams he blocked three field goal attempts and one punt. He was named First Team All-Metro "Over-The-Mountain."
"I have a good nose for the ball," said Bostick. "I use my instincts and go hard sideline-to-sideline. Two things I feel like I do well are stopping the run up the middle and getting off my blocks. Two things I'm trying to improve on are getting my footwork and my hips quicker."
Bostick decided not to play basketball in the off-season or baseball and just enjoy being a "regular high school student" for his last semester. He is conditioning with Otis Leverette, a four year NFL veteran.
Bostick holds other offers from Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, N.C. and Savannah State. He was being asked to make official visits to Maine and Hampton before committing to Navy. He plans on going to N.A.P.S. in the summer to further ready himself for the Academy and football.
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