Bass Improves "Athleticism" his Senior Year

Eastern Michigan offensive tackle commit Josh Bass talks about his senior season at Harper Creek (MI). Bass has been committed to the Eagles since July, and talks about his improved play this season, why he chose EMU, other recruits he talks to, his relationship with coach Kurt Anderson and more.

Harper Creek (MI) senior offensive tackle Josh Bass committed to Eastern Michigan in early July. Since then he has improved his fitness level--learning a new position in the process.

"Something I have improved on greatly is my athleticism. Last year I played my junior year around 310-pounds. Right now I am about 275-pounds, my forty time is a lot faster," said Bass, who stands at 6-foot-5 and runs a 5.1 forty. "I am a lot more athletic now. I can make a lot more blocks that I wasn't able to last season.

"I started off at tackle (this season), but I moved to guard. My coach thinks that's the position for me right now. I just love playing guard, cause you get the traps . I got quick feet, so I think that is something else that will be good on the next level, maybe as an interior lineman. I'll be ready to play whatever they need me at. And hopefully that will give us the best chance to win."

While Bass has had a successful senior campaign, Eastern has struggled with a 1-8 record thus far. Bass said he thought the Eagles would do better this season. However, he noted their record is not the reason he chose to attend EMU.

"I had high expectations for them this year," Bass said. "I mean that's not why I committed. I committed, because I love the coaches. I love how they treated me. I felt like family there. And I know they are giving a lot of young people playing time. Which for me as an incoming recruit, that makes me very excited and kind of happy. Because it makes me think I can get some playing time early. And it makes me think that our future is going to be bright, because when those kids are down the road two or three years, with experience they're going to be ready to make a run."

Rated a two-star offensive tackle in the latest rankings, Bass said he is willing to redshirt if the coaches think it is best for his development.

"I am prepared to redshirt if they want me to," Bass said. "Hopefully I'm prepared to play if they want me in there as well. I think redshirting would be good thing for me, just to get used to the speed of the game. Just to get used to how it is. I feel I could potentially be able to play as a freshman too, and hopefully that would be a great opportunity, if they think I am ready for it obviously."

Bass said he was on campus for EMU's home opener versus Illinois State and plans on visiting campus for the Northern Illinois game on Nov. 23. Right now, he says he doesn't have a set date for his official visit. He says it should be in early Dec. With Eastern Michigan recruiting class far from complete, Bass said he's been working hard on getting players to join him in Ypsilanti.

"There is a guy they're recruiting Ethan Quinn. Me and him have become pretty good friends through coach (Kurt) Anderson. He is an offensive lineman from Ohio," Bass said on players he is recruiting to Eastern. "I played against this kid last year Grant Niemiec from Orchard Lake St. Mary's. Me and him kind of talk from time to time. I played against him…Niemiec, he is a good running back." Bass said Eastern Michigan offensive line coach Kurt Anderson is a big reason why he chose to play for the Eagles.

"I love coach Anderson. I love how he coaches and how tailors his style to each player. Some coaches act the same towards all the players. And some people have different mind sets and some can handle getting yelled at and some can't. Some can handle being yelled at and some need to be sat down and talked too. Coach Anderson realizes that, which I love."

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