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Hoskins, No. 87, Just offered by UPike's football program

Bears ‘pull the trigger’ on versatile Breathitt big-bodied athlete

Man, we love this offer. You hear college recruiters talk all the time about “growth potential” and “upside.” Here is a prospect who can be as good as he is willing to work to be. He has the height and length to excel, is a capable athlete with excellent footwork as evidenced by his drop step to the basket he shows Breathitt varsity basketball fans (where he is a 10-14-point per game scorer), and is a very raw football talent who can develop into something frightening in a college weight and conditioning program. If we’re UPike, we extend the same offer. That goes for quite a few other college football programs around the bluegrass.

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout

I was a huge Captain Marvel fan growing up as a kid. He was a superhero in comic books published by Fawcett Comics but currently the property of DC Comics.

Captain Marvel

The character was created in 1939. Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson.

Batson was a boy who, upon speaking or thinking the magic word, “Shazam(!),” transformed into a costumed adult with superhuman strength, speed, flight, and other abilities.

“Shazam” is an acronym. The utterance of the “Shazam” calls on six immortal elders from history or mythology. The six elders are (King) Soloman, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. We bet you didn’t know that!

The University of Pikeville, has just a few moments ago, left Breathitt High School. They were there to talk to Bryce Hoskins.

Hoskins is a 6’6,” 250-pounder who projects…to play either TE or DE/DT depending on the school’s scheme…

HB Lyon, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

Hoskins is a 6’6,” 250-pounder who projects next level to play either TE or DE/DT depending on the school’s scheme and needs. UPike wants Hoskins to play DE for the Bears.

Man, that is a smart offer. We believe this offer represents “a great call” on the part of the coach or coaches who undertook the evaluation of Bryce Hoskins and his potential at the next level of play.

Kory Combs, Hoskins, Evan Miller

First of all, Bryce Hoskins is 6’6″ tall and, if you look at his parents, it is likely he isn’t done growing. Hoskins has long arms, a nasty disposition, and really quick and nimble feet. As for the feet, anyone who has ever watched him play basketball would readily attest he possesses among the best drop steps to the hole of any power forward in the mountains.

We were able to catch up to Hoskins at KPGFootball for the preparation of this piece. Hoskins told us the following about what this offer means to him personally.

It means the world to me,…[t]o get an opportunity to represent the 606 …”

Bryce “The Predator” Hoskins

“It means the world to me,” Hoskins said. “To get an opportunity to represent the 606 (area code in the Appalachia mountains of KY) and keep making a name for our area is a main reason I play football.”

Hoskins concluded, “I’m blessed to have the chance to extend my playing career. It is a blessed feeling to know your hard work and dedication has yielded such a wonderful dividend. This makes the investment all the more worthwhile.”

I’m blessed to have the chance to extend my playing career…

Bryce Hoskins

We reached out to the coaching staff at Breathitt and UPike for comment. Neither responded in advance of publishing this article and, as for UPike, colleges typically don’t comment on extended offers until “National Signing Day,” or thereafter.

Hoskins, a plus athlete

Breathitt is bracing for its most important game of the season with a one-seed in the upcoming playoffs the likely reward for tonight’s victor. We understood the Bobcats might have been a little too preoccupied to respond to us.

UPike is a NAIA participant which competes in the MidSouth Conference. The MidSouth Conference is one of the toughest conferences in the nation, at the NAIA level of play, with several members having before made deep runs in the playoffs and even before winning national championships.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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