He couldn’t lose either way.
That’s the way Colin Bosak saw things when he pared his college recruiting list down to two schools. One stood proudly in the Ivy League and the other one was the U.S. Naval Academy, so the 2015 FOGO out of The Haverford School couldn’t go wrong either way. But for as great as the Ivy League is, Bosak couldn’t pass up the chance to play at Navy and he committed to the Midshipmen’s class of 2019.
“The only thing that can beat an Ivy education is a service academy education,” said the Ridley Park resident. “… Looking forward down the road, Navy might even be tougher in the beginning, but you get what you put in at a service academy and it’s a great chance to serve your country.”
Bosak isn’t one of those kids that has always envisioned himself defending his country, either.
“It hasn’t always been a big thing for me,” Bosak said. “It’s very much recent. But you see how much respect veterans get, how much respect people who serve get and it just gives you a good overall feeling.”
Navy struggled a season ago, going 3-10 under second-year head coach Rick Sowell. But Bosak believes that the Midshipmen will be a force to be reckoned with by the time he arrives in Annapolis. He knows that rebuilding programs doesn’t happen overnight, but fully expects to be part of a competitive Navy team.
“Coach Sowell is awesome,” Bosak said. “That’s another main reason why I wanted to go there. He’s a class act and I really like what they’re doing with the rebuilding process. By the time I’m there, Navy won’t be rebuilding anymore. It’ll be a quality team.”
Bosak visited the academy shortly after Haverford won the Under Armour Shootout and he credited a strong support group for helping him get to his final decision.
“I talked to (2011 Haverford graduate) Vince Garman about it,” said Bosak, who plays club for HEADstrong. “He was a big influence for me along with my coaches and family and he also does a really good job with his Keystone Strings company. Navy’s program is definitely going in a great direction right now and will continue to do so.”
Bosak, who mentioned interest in either molecular engineering or biomedial engineering in Annapolis, is just another reason why the Fords are expected to be one of the nation’s best in 2014. He seized control of the Haverford starting faceoff job down the stretch and went a combined 24-for-32 in the Fords’ Inter-Ac Invitational semifinal and final wins. That number is particularly impressive considering he split with highly-touted Malvern Prep FOGO Charles Kelly, one of the nation’s finest, 14-14, in the final.
To hear Bosak say it, though, Haverford is just getting warmed up.
“I think we’re going to be No. 1 in the country for the next two years,” said Bosak, who finished with a 56.2 percent winning percentage at the X last year and led the team in ground balls with 64. “It was a bit of a rebuilding process last year, but we know people are coming after us. It’s the best feeling in the world knowing that people are gunning for your spot. You’ve got to take it from us, we’re not going to get it from you.
Bosak becomes the 13th public Delco verbal for the class of 2015, including the seventh Ford to do so. The full list of Delco commitments can be found here.
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