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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Hosey lands at EMU, keeps Cass Tech DI-commit train humming along at breakneck pace

   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Hosey lands at EMU, keeps Cass Tech DI-commit train humming along at breakneck pace

DETROIT - Gary Hosey jumped on the Detroit Cass Tech Division I college-football scholarship bandwagon this week.

The stout and speedy inside linebacker became the most recent member of the 2012 state-champion Technicians to commit to a Division I school, a list that seems to be growing bigger by the minute and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Hosey (6-foot-1, 235 pounds), a two-way workhorse for Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher, also starring on the offensive side of the ball as a punishing running back, is the fifth incoming senior to find his way to the DI level and 12th player overall off the 2012 squad (11 if you don't count the one “soft” commitment).

The total of D1 commits off the team is far from concluding. Three of the sophomores from the squad (quarterback Jay’ru Campbell, tailback Mike Weber and defensive lineman Josh Alabi), are considered a trio of the top incoming juniors in the whole Midwest and are fielding multiple BCS offers apiece.

In addition to Hosey, Cass Tech’s Class of 2014 has seen wide receiver-cornerback Damon Webb (Ohio State), linebackers Deon Drake (Michigan State) and Will White (Toledo) and defensive lineman Brian Sanders (Bowling Green) commit this offseason. White’s pledge to Toledo is officially “soft,” as of this moment.

Drake, White and Hosey could make up the most devastating linebacker corps in the state this fall. On offense, Hosey and Weber might form the state’s top 1-2 punch in the backfield.

Last season as a junior, Hosey recorded 66 tackles (17 of those for lost-yardage). Carrying the ball for the Technicians' high-powered offense, he rushed for 1,526 yards and 16 touchdowns to lead the team.

He chose Eastern Michigan over several other offers, including ones from BCS schools, Illinois and Syracuse.

When he was a sophomore, Hosey attended Farmington Hills Harrison and played for the Hawks 2011 club that was ranked nationally by USA Today.

This year, Hosey and Cass Tech will most-likely be nationally-ranked to begin the season. Wilcher’s Technicians will be considerable favorites to win a third straight Division 1 state championship.

Eastern Michigan went 2-9 in 2012. Once on campus in Ypsilanti, Hosey will reunite on the Eagles roster with his former Cass Tech teammate Da'Quan Pace, (freshman defensive back).