Feb 15

3 Mission Prep players ink National Letters of Intent Thursday

Nick Wilson

Three local players from Mission Prep inked their letters of national intent on Thursday (Feb. 14).

Anthony Bosshardt signed to play baseball at Claremont McKenna, Andrew DeSesa officially will play football at Brown University while Michael Cardwell will play football at Missouri University of Science and Technology on a partial scholarship.

Bosshardt, a pitcher, said that he loved the campus and that his best pitch, a fastball, is one he plans to use at the next level. Claremont is a Division III school in athletics.

“It’s a great academic school,” Bosshardt said. “I’ll be able to take classes at each of the fiv e (neighboring colleges) connected to Claremont.”

Bosshardt posted stellar numbers last year as a junior, striking out 53 batters in 43 innings and a 1.94 ERA.

At 6-3, 183 pounds, he has a very compact motion and generates a lot of velocity for a pitcher of his size, with tailing movement at the end of his pitch. The movement on his ball will help jam right-handed batters as a right-handed thrower.

DeSesa said that he’s working out seven days per week and has joined a Facebook group with 18 other players who are starting at Brown next year.

The 6-3, 230 pound linebacker expects to make the switch to defensive end at Brown. He says he’ll head off in June to the college to get an early start on training, though he’s not required to be in Providence, R.I. until August.

“The incoming freshmen are all pumped up about the season,” DeSesa said. “We’ve talked about winning league four straight years.”

Cardwell said he plans to study aeronautical engineering and possibly work for a company like Boeing after college. Thus Missouri S and T was the perfect fit because he’ll also play football.

The college is paying for his out-of-state tuition and giving him $3,000 as part of his scholarship deal.

Cardwell wanted to have a great senior season but never expected to rack up 1,300 yards at running back.

He expects to play running back in college, return punts and participate in special teams.

“It’s very exciting,” Cardwell said. “I haven’t seen the campus yet, but they’re planning to fly me out for free so I can do a visit.”

No word yet on Royals football stars Tyler Baty and Andrew DaRosa but coaches say they’re working to attract college attention and finding the right fit for them. More to come on that.

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