Five months ago, quarterback Trent Hosick (Kansas City, Mo./Staley)and linebacker Nick Ramirez (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West) were on opposite ends of one of Missouri’s greatest playoff games ever – a 76-70, four-overtime, Missouri Class 5 state-semifinal game won by Staley.
Hosick and Ramirez currently play for two schools that are budding rivals. When February 2013 arrives, they will sign national letters of intent as teammates. The two athletes – major competitors on the field, friends off it – both verbally committed to Missouri during the Tigers’ spring game Saturday afternoon.
The two became Missouri’s seventh and eighth commitments of the 2013 recruiting class. All eight commitments are in-state athletes.
“I felt like it was the right time to make the decision,” said Ramirez, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound inside linebacker who was recruited by Missouri receivers coach Andy Hill. “We have a chance to start something special. With all the offers I had, I felt like Mizzou was the right thing to do.”
“It’s a combination of extreme excitement and kind of a relief with me,” added Hosick, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound, dual-threat quarterback recruited by Hill and offensive coordinator David Yost. “It’s also nice to know I feel like I made the right decision. Even if I waited another seven or eight months, this is where I would have decided to go.”
Both players said the program’s coaching staff, the opportunity to play in the SEC and the chance to stay relatively close to home served as a major positives in their decision-making process. They both also will get the chance to reunite with teammates. The 2012 Missouri class included Under Armour All-American guard Evan Boehm of Lee’s Summit West and star running back Morgan Steward of Staley.
“With Nick and Evan, I’m glad I won’t have to compete against those guys anymore,” Hosick said. “They’re warriors, and I know we’re going to do something special.”
“Trent’s a good guy,” Ramirez added. “I’m happy to be teammates with him. He’s the one who really brought [committing] up. We both thought it was as good a time as any to make this decision.”
Ramirez had 115 tackles in 2011, helping Lee’s Summit West advance to the state semifinals. In the last two seasons, he has recorded 250 tackles and has shown he can play both inside and outside backer.
Hosick led Staley to a 14-0 season and the Missouri Class 5 title. He threw for 1,422 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 2,054 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior. He and Steward had a hand in all 11 touchdowns scored during the semifinal against Lee’s Summit West.