(5-foot-9, 165-pounds) hadn't heard much from Notre Dame until recently. Now that he has, he's going to take them up on their invitation to take an unofficial visit this weekend.
"They contacted me and my teammate Raymone (Taylor), to see about our interest in their program and invite us down to their junior day," Hosley said. "I had sent my film to them and they said that they watched it and wanted to get us down there. That was the first time that I had heard from them.
"I spoke with Chuck Martin, the secondary coach. We were kind of excited when he called, because we were in classes when he called. One of our coaches told us that they were looking for us. It was a great conversation. He talked about the interest they had in me. They way he spoke with us got us excited about everything, because Notre Dame is one of those big schools that you want to hear from. He sounded excited to speak with us and he sounded excited to get us down there.
"I've heard a lot about the program, not only as a college football program, but I heard (Notre Dame) has a good family environment… that' what I like, I want to feel comfortable," he said. "I want to see what they have to offer in terms of my position. I want to see how they'd move me around, and how would they use me. I'm a receiver that can run the ball, and return the ball. So I'd like to see where they'd use me."
Hosley would like to be used in a similar role as former Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate. Although the Irish will have a new offense this season, Jermal also liked how Brian Kelly utilized his talent on offense while at Cincinnati
"One of my favorite receivers is Golden Tate," Hosley explained. "He's a lot bigger than I am, but not a whole lot taller than I am. Most schools didn't use the smaller receivers, but now that there are more spread offenses, they're kind of utilizing the smaller receivers more. I like the way Notre Dame used Golden Tate and I'd like to be used in that way too. Not only did he catch the ball, but he ran the ball and he returned the ball. I can do all of those things and I want to bring that to a program."
"Another receiver I liked to watch is Mardy Gilyard. I watched coach Kelly when he was at Cincinnati. I liked the way he threw the ball. He threw the quick screens and got the ball to Gilyard. I know it's best to move the ball around, but I want the ball every time."
Besides the interest Hosley is receiving from the Irish, Bowling Green
, Michigan State
, and Cincinnati have been in touch with him.
"The only schools that I've been to are Michigan, Bowling Green and Indiana
, but I'm really looking forward to going to Notre Dame," he said. "I'll go anywhere. Anyone who contacts me and invited me out, or makes contact with me, I'll go to. I'm the type that wants to see different things anyway. I think any college experience will be a great experience for me."
Notre Dame will be hosting its junior day this weekend and a number of top juniors will be in attendance. Wide receiver Jermal Hosley from Highland Park High School (Mich.) recently received his invitation, and he's planning to make the trip to South Bend.
Jermal Hosley will be in South Bend this weekend for the Notre Dame junior day.