BC’s Gossett heading to football at Benedictine

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – When you have traveled to 49 of the 50 states and stepped foot in eight foreign countries, being nine hours away from home to attend college is not a big deal.

That is the way that Bullitt Central senior Alex Gossett saw his recruitment as he narrowed his list of possible schools to three. In the end, the burly Cougar senior picked the school furthest from home, signing to play football at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, a school roughly nine hours away by car.

Gossett also had offers from Missouri Science and Technology as well as Centre College here in Kentucky.

“It was a long time coming for me,” Gossett said after the signing ceremony in the Bullitt Central media center. “Benedictine had always been there through my recruiting process. But I had some options.”

Gossett did not make the final choice until a couple of days before he did the signing. In fact, to add a little drama, Gossett set out three T-shirts, one from each of his finalist, on the table in the media center. Even with effort, there was little surprise as both his sister and mother arrived wearing Benedictine shirts.

“I just thought Benedictine was the best for me overall,” the senior said. “It was kind of like God pushing me in the right direction.

“It finally hit me,” Gossett added. “I love the coaching staff and the academics and the campus life.”

Gossett is the 17-year old son of Mike and Tiffany Gossett. Both of his parents attended Bullitt Central and his father has been the associate head coach since his son joined the program. Jeff Gossett, Alex’s uncle, once was the head coach of the Bullitt Central football program.

“It was interesting,” the player said with a smile about playing while his father was calling the offensive plays. “A lot of people think that if your dad is a coach, you get special treatment. Not with my dad. He would do the opposite.

“Still, I loved playing for my dad,” Gossett said. “Bullitt Central football will miss him (just in the past week Mike Gossett resigned from coaching football to become the school’s athletic director).

Gossett’s sister, Amy, is a junior volleyball player at Bullitt Central.

Academics were as much a part of this decision as the football to Gossett. He has a 4.0 unweighted grade point average at Bullitt Central and that is 4.113 on the school’s weighted scale. 

At Benedictine, Gossett will study engineering with plans of becoming a Civil Engineer, the profession that his grandfather (Jim Rice) is involved in.

As a football player, Gossett started for three seasons as the team’s center.

“There are a lot of good memories,” Gossett said. “It will be sad to leave. It’s hard to pick one (top memory). Winning the Bullitt Cup was fun, especially my senior year. The receiving All-State honors was huge.”

This spring, Gossett plans to participate in both track and tennis before heading to Benedictine to start his college life.

The Benedictine Ravens are an NAIA program that was ranked in the top-25 for much of the season. The team finished with a 7-4 record under long-time head coach Larry Wilcox who has 229 career wins, the fifth most in the history of NAIA football. The team plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

“Players like Alex Gossett don’t fall off of trees,” long-time Bullitt Central head coach Danny Leasor said. “The important thing to our team was that he never missed a snap in a game. He was the rock you build a line on. He made all the calls up front.”