Three-star quarterback Trent Hosick (Kansas City, Mo./Staley) was forced to leave the 2012 U.S. Under-19 national team because of what he identified as “family reasons” on Wednesday, three days before the team’s first game, a 27-6 victory against American Samoa on Saturday.
Hosick was in the middle of workouts Wednesday morning when he noticed his father in the stands.
“I’m thinking my dad’s extremely dedicated or something’s wrong, which happened to be the case,” Hosick said.
Hosick declined to comment on the personal incident, but he did go on record to dispel all rumors for leaving. After the departure, the Missouri commit heard that he was injured. He also heard that he didn’t want to be with the team.
“I’m perfectly fine; I feel like I’m at the top of my game,” Hosick said.
“I was really looking forward to helping USA dominate, but sometimes, things just happen. It was really difficult for me having to leave the guys. I felt like I was picking up the offense well.”
“I do want the people to know I’m not injured, and I really did want to be there. I just had some family things come up, and I needed to take care of family first.”
As good of an athlete he is, Hosick was recruited by multiple schools because of his leadership and his ability to be a vocal gladiator among gladiators. Hosick showed those leadership skills in slightly unorthodox fashion by delivering a message to the team by way of Team USA head coach Steve Specht.
Hosick asked Specht to read a note from him to the players before Saturday’s game -- a note that eventually served as motivation in the win. The note, which Hosick shared with ESPN.com, reminded teammates that they were the elite football players of the tournament sent to do a job in an effort to represent their country.
“The toughest part of this is that I am not here to tell it to you in person,” Hosick said. “… I write this because I have a charge to you as you prepare yourselves for battle. You all are tremendous athletes. You are the best of the best in the United States of America. You are handpicked by an all-star cast of coaches, but they brought you here to be a part of a team.”
Hosick continued: “What is going to make you the best team in the world is how you sacrifice for one another and how you accept the fact that you are only ‘part’ of the ‘whole.’ Be willing to throw yourself in between your teammate and your upcoming foe. If you become willing to do that, you will not be stopped.”
The team got the message Saturday, defeating American Samoa and advancing to the tournament semifinals, where the team will face Austria at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas. Hosick ended his note by telling his team to stay prepared and to “live and play with excellence” throughout the tournament.
“That is what your teammates, your coaches and your country deserves,” he said.