At 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 222 pounds, Beau Bosch certainly made his presence known as a physical, run-first quarterback who rushed for more than 2,000 yards in Chestnut Ridge's offense the past two seasons.
But playing defense, and specifically, defensive end, has always been Bosch's true passion.
"I'm a physical, aggressive player, and defense has always been my favorite side of the ball,'' Bosch said. "And I've played defensive end since the fifth grade. It's always been my favorite position.''
College football programs who expressed interest in Bosch's services took note of his defensive prowess. This afternoon, Bosch will sign a national letter of intent to play football at Lafayette College, a Division I-AA program that recruited him as a defensive end.
Bosch, who led Ridge with 5.8 quarterback sacks last fall, will get a full athletic scholarship to Lafayette, which won the Patriot League championship in 2013.
"Two things that are important are education and football,'' said Bosch, who carries a 3.5 grade-point average in the classroom and is planning on studying chemical engineering in college. "[Lafayette] is a good school for both academics and athletics, and I loved the beautiful facilities and the campus when I visited. I really enjoyed meeting the coaches and the other players on the team during my official visit there last October, and I'm excited to be part of an organization and team like that.''
Bosch was pursued by both Penn State and Pitt as a walk-on candidate, and also drew interest from Division I Buffalo as well as Princeton and one of Lafayette's Patriot League rivals, Bucknell.
Bosch - a three-year starter at defensive end for Ridge - is a weight-room devotee who hopes to get much bigger by the time summer camp rolls around.
"What I'll be trying to do over the summer is to keep getting bigger and bigger so that I can play their strong-side defensive end spot,'' Bosch said of his prospects at Lafayette. "I'm always working on my first-step explosiveness as a pass-rusher.''
Ridge coach Max Shoemaker admired Bosch's tireless work ethic and enthusiasm on the football field.
"He's a high-intensity kid whose motor is always running,'' Shoemaker said. "He's got a defensive mentality, and sometimes, when he was on the offensive side of the ball, I'd have to try to calm him down. He's an outstanding leader who also does the job in the classroom and is one of our top performers in the weight room. He's been a role model for our entire program.''
Bosch, who started at tight end for Ridge's football program as a sophomore before being moved to the quarterback position, is also a starting forward on Ridge's varsity basketball team.
He hopes that he can continue to help Lafayette build on last year's championship season.
"They won the Patriot League last year, and they all got a [championship] ring on their fingers,'' Bosch said. "I think it would be great to get as many more of them as I can on my hand.''