MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Michigan transfer Kyle Bosch has received an NCAA waiver clearing the offensive lineman to play next season, potentially providing a huge boost as West Virginia tries to replace two guards.
A four-star recruit in 2013 with offers from powerhouse programs, Bosch started three games as a true freshman at Michigan before being benched for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Bosch played only a few snaps in the 2014 opener and took a leave of absence from the team in September. After Brady Hoke’s firing in December, Bosch met with new Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh and wound up transferring to West Virginia, where he enrolled in January.
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said the school would apply for a waiver in hopes Bosch could avoid sitting out the year typically requisite of undergrad transfers. No updates surfaced throughout spring semester as Bosch practiced with the team and the appeal wound through NCAA channels. Then on Friday the newcomer tweeted:
Just got cleared to play for the fall thank you God for this blessing I needed it. Gonna be a fun ride
— Kyle Bosch (@Kyle_Bosch65) May 29, 2015
Deepening the surprise, Bosch reportedly regained a third season of eligibility, with the NCAA essentially considering 2014 a redshirt year despite Bosch’s brief appearance in one game.
Rivals rated Bosch the nation’s No. 7 tackle prospect exiting high school, but the 6-foot-5, 308-pounder played guard at Michigan and figures to remain on the interior at WVU, where the departures of senior guards Mark Glowinski (fourth-round pick of Seattle) and Quinton Spain (undrafted free-agent signee with the Titans) leave gaping holes.
Former left tackle Adam Pankey shifted to left guard this spring and might be the most talented player in the group. At right guard, redshirt junior Tony Matteo has appeared in only five career games, one as a starter.