The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for 2012 Delaware Hayes High School graduate Jacob Bosiokovic.

The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for 2012 Delaware Hayes High School graduate Jacob Bosiokovic.

The 6-foot-6 shortstop concluded a strong senior season with the Pacers and was named Division I Player of the Year for the second consecutive season by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association on May 31.

However, despite having worked out in front of many Major League Baseball scouts, Bosiokovic was not selected in the 40-round first-year player draft that was conducted June 4-6.

As a result, he will continue playing for his summer travel team, the Ohio Elite, in preparation for his college career at Ohio State.

"My focus is on Ohio State right now," said Bosiokovic, who signed with the Buckeyes last November. "I've been looking forward to that for a while. It's been two years looking forward to that and I think it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance."

This spring, Bosiokovic had a .527 batting average with 27 RBI and 25 runs in 26 games, as the Pacers finished 13-13. He also had three doubles, three triples and seven home runs for a .932 slugging percentage and was 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts.

Bosiokovic also was named OCC-Capital Division Player of the Year and district Player of the Year in Division I. He is a finalist for the PUKKA Headwear Player of the Year, which will be announced in January, and was a finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year, which was announced May 31.

"I think this is the first time in Division I that the same player has been Player of the Year for two years in a row," said Mike Yinger, who stepped down as Pacers coach last month after leading the program for eight seasons. "He is very deserving and I think many of these high school coaches saw him play in the summer as well as in high school, so they knew what type of player he is and what type of kid he is."

Yinger said he knew Bosiokovic would go undrafted when he was not selected in the first 10 rounds because of the way the draft was set up.

"This is the first year that there is a pseudo-restricted cap on teams," Yinger said. "If a player was drafted in the first 10 rounds, they negotiate over the signing bonus. After that, everyone had to sign for $99,000. So kids like Jacob who have a full (scholarship) to college know three years from now they'll have a better chance to make the top 10 rounds, so they might tend to lean toward college now and working on their game some more.

"That means (major league) teams were hesitant to sign high school players who had full rides after the 10th round. They don't want to lose their draft picks."

Bosiokovic understood the situation.

"Sure, it wasn't cool not being drafted," he said. "Everyone wants to be drafted. But talking with people, I figured if I wasn't drafted in the top 10 rounds I was going to go to Ohio State anyway. I am absolutely excited. I'm working this summer on filling out and gaining some weight."

Bosiokovic said he has been timed at 6.8 seconds in 60 yards. He said getting bigger and stronger likely will help him decrease that time.

"It's still a wonderful opportunity for Jacob to go to Ohio State," Yinger said. "He's a team-first guy anyway and he'll have three more years of playing to win. When kids get in the minors, even though they do play to win, it's about improving themselves, developing themselves. The team concept is lost because you're working toward becoming a pro, enhancing your chances (of making the major-league level)."

Bosiokovic will join former Delaware teammate Caleb Wilburn at Ohio State. The Buckeyes signed Wilburn after this year's draft. This spring with Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan., the 2009 Delaware graduate batted .385 with 19 doubles, 30 RBI and 36 runs in 52 games.

Wilburn is one of six junior college players that Greg Beals has signed during his first two seasons as coach at Ohio State. Wilburn, who has two years of college eligibility remaining, is expected to play third base or in the outfield with the Buckeyes.

"I think it's awesome to get a chance to play with him again," Bosiokovic said. "When I was a freshman, I looked up to him. He was a great player."