He might not be Michael Phelps, but Scout.com four-star dual-threat quarterback Trent Hosick is doing his best to eat like him.
“I’m eating 5,300 calories a day,” the 6-foot-2 Staley standout says with a smirk. “I’m hovering around 222, 223 pounds.”
He might not have 18 Olympic gold medals, but he does have state championships in both football and wrestling, his first love.
“Wrestling is brutal, even if you love it. I’ve been wrestling for 13 years. I started wrestling before I played football. Because of it, I see training differently—I know what real training looks like.”
“No one trains like wrestlers.”
And he might not finish first in his class, but he is graduating a semester early by doubling his workload.
“Two college math classes, AP psychology, AP literature,” Hosick says, grimacing. Lot of tough classes.”
“I’ve never had a B.”
He’s the All-American boy, but he knows that’s not all it’s cracked up to be either.
“I just wrote a paper about how there a lot of people, they look at me, and they say, ‘it would be awesome to have his life,” he says. “There’s a quote from Michaelangelo, ‘If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.’”
This is Trent Hosick, he of the burgeoning local legend in Kansas City. The four-star QB threw just 10 touchdown passes in 2011, but ran for 2,096 yards and 31 scores while leading Staley to the Missouri Class 5 State Championship.
“I can’t walk through Zona Rosa without someone stopping me,” he says, shrugging as he talks about his visits to the suburban shopping area. “It’s humbling, but it’s pretty crazy. People are fanatical about high school football in this town.”
“It gets kinda weird. I like it, but I don’t like it.”
“I recognize I’ve had some different circumstances, but I’m still a 19-year old kid.”
So he’s not Michael Phelps. But the comparisons to Tim Tebow are undeniable. And Hosick doesn’t run from them. In fact, much like the sports talk darling, he sees football as more than just a game he’s very good at.
“When I turned 12, it really hit me that the Lord made some people to be great teachers and politicians, some people to be great with instruments.”
“I believe he made me a football player to give me a way to glorify him.”
Hosick’s voice gets stronger, and his conviction is undeniable. “These athletes are talked about more than great leaders like Winston Churchill. They aren’t more than these great leaders, but they are who these young people talk about.”
“Football is a way for me to gain a platform of influence to glorify Him.”
And that platform moves to Columbia, Missouri, where Hosick will officially join the Tigers in January. When the rest of his graduating class returns to Staley for their last semester of high school, he will start his first offseason program at Mizzou.
“Coach David Yost, he’s said ‘I know exactly what I’m going to do with you.’ But he wants me to remember I’m a Staley Falcon first, for one more semester. He wants to keep me focused on what I’m doing here.”
With just three months left of high school, and a verbal commitment to the Tigers dating back to April, Hosick is still turning down schools trying to sway him from Mizzou.
“I’ve picked up a few more offers, but it’s definitely slowed down,” he says, politely declining to name names. “I think coaches realize how serious I am about this.”
“I thanked everyone that called, told them it was humbling that they wanted me, but that I didn’t want to waste their time.”
Even while letting his prospective suitors down easy, they just keep coming.
“It’s always ‘we understand you are committed,’” Hosick explains. “’We aren’t trying to recruit over Missouri. But if things don’t work out at Mizzou, our door is open.’”
The chance of anything not working out for Hosick is almost impossible to imagine, much like him ever wavering in his commitment to Missouri. And his expectations for himself aren’t changing either.
“I know how hard I’ve worked, and I know how much I’ve been given,” he says, growing quieter with each word. “I’ve felt it was an obligation for me to be successful because I had been given so much.”
“I saw it coming, but I never expected it to be this much, this fast.”