Prep Signing: East Rowan safety Bost going to Catawba
By Ronnie Gallagher
GRANITE QUARRY — Before the 2012 season began, Dalton Bost wasn’t thinking too much about playing college football.
Then, Danny Misenheimer became East Rowan’s head coach and Jason Barnes became East Rowan’s defensive coordinator.
Now, the Mustang safety will be a Catawba Indian in the fall.
Hardly. Bost, like all the other seniors, was convinced he could win, he could go to the playoffs and he could improve enough to become a college football player.
“We worked to do it,” said Bost of East’s 8-5 season, which didn’t end until one game before the Western Final. “We were not going to be that senior class that had a losing record.”
And it took guys like Bost to believe first, then make their teammates do likewise. He first had to learn Barnes’ system, and while he stayed a safety, suddenly he was what Barnes calls, “a high safety,” back there by himself.
“Bost is a smart, smart guy,” Barnes praised. “You’ve got to have that for a safety. He’s kinda a quarterback on defense.”
Bost said Barnes ran man coverage, zone and many other sets. He had Bost watching film and lifting weights like never before. He felt prepared when the season began.
“I drop where the receivers are going, watch the read of the quarterback and go from there,” Bost said. “Basically, instinct.”
Barnes gives him a grade of A on the instinct part.
“You’ve got to have a lot of patience back there or they’ll pick you apart,” he said. “Bost did a really good job.”
Bost intercepted four passes.
His first of the season came in the groundbreaking win over NPC heavyweight West Rowan.
Bost intercepted a pass against South Rowan and then came his most memorable: a pick-6 in a playoff win against Carson.
“It was right before halftime and it was a close game,” Bost recalled.
He stepped in front of a receiver and was off to the races for his first-ever defensive TD.
“I was thinking, ‘Just run faster than the people chasing you,’ ” Bost grinned. “It was crazy. Everybody was yelling. It was awesome.”
His last interception came in a controversial 21-20 overtime loss to Concord. It was a tipped pass to Alex Asbury.
Unfortunately, Asbury caught the winning score at the back of the end zone. Bost was standing right there. Was Asbury in?
“No,” Bost said firmly. “The paper had a picture of me yelling at the ref. I told him, ‘C’mon, you blew it for us.’ We should have made it further.”
East didn’t, but the agile, speedy Bost will. Barnes thinks he can make an impact at Catawba before he leaves.
“In Division II, everybody was a superstar of their high school,” Barnes said. “He’ll find out there will be a lot of guys like him, if not better. I think he’ll step up to the challenge. He’ll get bigger, faster and stronger.”
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Bost likes everything about his decision. He was going to walk on at Charlotte but when fellow DB Dalton Moose signed, so did he.
“I grew up around Catawba and my parents wanted me to go there,” Bost said, adding that former East coach Brian Hinson is on the staff and he loves that.
“Bost already has a good understanding of the game,” Barnes said. “It will be just how much he grasps playing at that level.”
Bost knows his plan.
“I’ll just work harder than everybody else,” he said.
That’s the same plan he used as an East Rowan senior.
Bost now hopes the same formula works for him at Catawba.