That talented gunslinger is 6-foot-2, 221-pounder Trent Hosick. On Tuesday evening, Springer called the quarterback and extended a scholarship offer.
"It's extremely humbling," Hosick said of the offer from Northwestern, his third offer. "I'm just so thankful to Coach Springer and Coach Fitz. Northwestern is such a classy program. It's extremely humbling to have them to think of me as one of the best players in the country."
The quarterback is a big fan of NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald and hopes to meet with him
"He's just a class-act," Hosick said of Fitzgerald. "He seems like a winner and the kind of guy that a player could buy into and want to win for. When players play, they have to buy in to win for themselves but also their coaches. That can only happen when you buy into that man. I believe Fitz is the kind of guy to buy into and wants to win championships and that's what I want to do in college."
Hosick has spent his offseason with Staley's wrestling team, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri.
When the wrestling season is over, Hosick plans to take visits at each school that has extended an offer. He looks forward to meeting with Fitzgerald and the Northwestern coaching staff.
"That's going to be the deciding factor," said Hosick. "He's the head coach and he's the head of the program. People are going to take after him and share common beliefs."
In addition to meeting with Northwestern's coaches, Hosick hopes to explore the football facilities. However, he's looking for a much deeper feeling of gratification from his college football career.
"I love to bring joy to people's lives," Hosick said. "If I can do that in playing football, if I can brighten somebody's day by playing football at Northwestern, make a Wildcat fan happy, that's what I'll do."
Hosick is a threat with his arm and legs. As a junior, he completed 63 percent of his passes and threw for more than 1,400 yards, but his biggest impact came on the ground. Hosick rushed for 2,054 yards and a staggering 31 touchdowns, including a six-touchdown game in the Missouri state semifinals.
In the Missouri state title game, Hosick ran for four touchdowns and helped Staley defeat Northwestern signee Mike McHugh and his Kirkwood High School team.