When St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Nick Bosa verbally committed to Ohio State on Thursday few were surprised. The Buckeyes had an “in” with the Fort Lauderdale talent, who got a front row seat in watching older brother Joey amass one postseason honor after another in helping Ohio State win the first-ever College Football Playoff last season.
Despite offenses trying to run away from Nick throughout his junior season, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound, talent still came up with 56 tackles, 29.5 tackles for a loss, and five sacks. Offers came in from top schools despite many feeling Nick would follow older brother Joey to Columbus. Alabama, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Boston College, Illinois, and in-state powers Florida, Miami and Florida State all took turns trying to court the 5-star recruit.
On April 28 Bosa named OSU his leader but still took unofficial visits to Florida and Florida State in July. Around noon Thursday the wait was over when Bosa posted his decision on Twitter:
Nick’s rating as the top defensive end in the 2016 recruiting class has pushed Ohio State to the top of several recruiting ranks. Urban Meyer now has two 5-star commitments with De Paul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) running back Kareem Walker and Bosa. Of the 16 remaining verbal commitments 13 are considered 4-star recruits.
Many believe Nick can be an immediate impact player like Joey, although few doubt the two will be on the field at the same time. Joey (6-6, 275) was a unanimous All-American selection last year, winning the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year award and the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year honor. He also was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, and the Lombardi Award after leading the conference with 21 tackles for a loss and 13.5 sacks.
Speculation has Joey declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft as an early entry candidate.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.