Back in February, Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis offensive guard Kyle Bosch had his grandfather Patrick Windle with him on that special day when he committed to Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Bosch is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation's No. 2 OG and No. 74 prospect overall.
Windle, a former United States Marine currently living in Arizona, will also be there on Jan. 4 when Bosch suits up for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
“When I told him that I was going to the game, he was very excited because he’ll be able to go down there and talk to the current marines and shoot the breeze with them and get to meet them and reminisce on his past,” Bosch said. Windle is a Vietnam veteran. “We’re really close. It will definitely be cool to have him there and be able to witness that.”
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 2 offensive guard and No. 74 prospect overall, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Bosch had his choice of All-America Bowls, getting invited to the Under Armour game as well.
“The marines one called me more,” Bosch said. “I liked the atmosphere at the last one created by Mr. (Shaon) Berry the CEO there. We also have ties to the marines with my grandfather and it felt right to go to that game.”
The second annual game will be held at 9 p.m. (EST) at the Home Depot Center near Los Angeles and will be televised nationally on the NFL Network. Last year’s game featured several players already making a big impact on college football this season, including Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt, who like Bosch hails from the state of Illinois.
“It’s really exciting being an All-American,” Bosch said. “Just being able to look back through all the years of being in the weight room, on the field for two-a-days, and to see it all add up to achieve that status.
“I’m looking forward to just the network and meeting some of the kids out there and seeing some of the competition I’ll be playing against in the next few years. I know (Michigan commit) Ross Douglas is going out there and (future Wolverine) Wyatt Shallman is invited out there and going, so it will be fun to hang out with them and meet other recruits across the country.”
Bosch chose Michigan over a national offer list that included Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.
“It’s really exciting to be a Wolverine,” he said. “Being able to see all the fans and the whole fan base of Michigan, there is no other fan base like that in the country. Being able to sit back and watch them and root for them as they play every Saturday, it’s cool that at some point in my life I’ll be on TV playing for Michigan.”