Jeffrey Bost has a lot of responsibility on his plate during the school year.
The Rahway starting quarterback and guard on the basketball team has figured out a way to balance his time between athletics and academics, excelling in each, and it’s a practice that’s rubbed off on many of his teammates.
Boast maintains a 3.86 GPA while taking honors classes during the day before hitting the field in the afternoon to prepare himself for game day. He’s being recruited by Ivy League schools including Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn, as well as several other Division I institutions.
“School, practice, study, sleep and repeat,” is how Bost coins his secret to success.
Bost isn’t the only one finding his academic success translating into success on the gridiron. Teammate Stephan Watkins-Davis boasts a 3.5 GPA with honors, and he’s also drawing interest from several Ivys and some Patriot League schools.
Bost and Watkins-Davis are the poster children for Rahway coach Gary Mobley’s grand philosophy. “I believe you use the game as a tool for a secondary education,” Mobley said. “You must understand there are certain qualifications you must meet to play on our team.”
Mobley’s theory is that good students make good athletes, but exceptional students make great athletes.
Meanwhile, Bost reasons that the harder one applies himself in the classroom, the sharper he’ll be out on the football field.
“The hard work and effort someone puts into their studies benefits them on the field because they can translate plays quicker and as a team you can run a more sophisticated offense.”
Knowing he had a team stocked with academic scholars, Mobley challenged his players this season by installing a no-huddle offense predicated on sign language.
“Regardless of who is around, coaches need integrity from athletes in game settings,” said Mobley. “What you preach in practice is what you want to see in the game, and having a responsible kid who’s mature and internally motivated to do well academically just adds to having good athletes who are coachable. They comprehend more things, and you can add more diversity to your playbook or your attack and that can only aid you in winning.”
Mobley isn’t just concerned with the short term for his players. He’s constantly on the lookout for their best interests down the road.
“Maintaining a certain GPA and achieving solid SAT or ACT scores is something I’ve always stressed to my players and have used it as a tool to get them an education or admission into institution that they might not have gotten into otherwise,” he said.
Mobley constantly keeps his finger on the pulse of his players’ performance in the classroom, be it by pulling their transcripts or mentoring them. And apparently it’s working because this is the highest team GPA of any of Mobley’s Rahway team’s since taking over in 2004.