For Josh Bass (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek), less is definitely more.
The 6-foot-5 offensive tackle was not seeing much college interest outside of Division II and III programs during his junior season while playing at 310 pounds. After spending the offseason working on his conditioning and eating habits, he dropped 25 pounds and picked up an offer from Eastern Michigan.
Now at 285 pounds, Bass is an Eastern Michigan commitment.
“I thought if I could be more athletic it’d make more schools interested,” said Bass, who also had Western Michigan interest before officially committing to EMU on July 8. “I was always bigger and stronger but never been able to move. Dropping weight and watching what I eat and getting in shape got me faster and I think that made the difference. … I could move a lot faster and smoother.”
Over the last few months, Bass cut his 40-yard dash time by a half-second, bringing it down to 5.2 seconds. The slimmer Bass went to Eastern Michigan’s big man camp and impressed enough to land a scholarship.
“Coming out of his junior year it was, ‘How well can he bend and how flexible is he?’” Harper Creek coach Ed Greenman said. “With the weight loss, he became more flexible and his body can move better and I think that opened eyes. He looks good getting off the bus now.”
A center at Harper Creek a season ago, Bass will play tackle this season most likely. At a more premium position, Bass and Greenman both feel more teams would have come in had he let the process play out. However, Bass said he is just as happy with the Eagles now as he would be come signing day.
“If it was January, I’d be more than happy to go to Eastern Michigan,” Bass said.