Even though Joey won't be causing havoc in the backfield anymore, the Bosa name will still ring loud and clear in football stadiums across the country for the next few years. After verbally committing to Ohio State in July over scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and Notre Dame, the five-star defensive end Nick Bosa is officially a Buckeye after signing his national letter of intent with OSU on Wednesday.
The highest rated prospect to sign with OSU, Bosa, the son of John Bosa (Boston College), and nephew of Eric Kumerow (Ohio State), both former Miami Dolphins, is considered the first ranked strong-side defensive end, and eighth overall prospect in the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
The 6'4, 265-pound Bosa, who suited up for Ohio State pipeline St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, backed up all his off-the-field accolades on it. While missing extended time with an ACL tear in his right knee during his senior campaign, the standout still finished with nearly 80 total tackles and 10 sacks over the last two seasons for the Sunshine State powerhouse, and like his soon-to-be OSU teammate Dwayne Haskins, was named an Under Armour All-American.
While some of the 2016 class might redshirt their first season on campus, Nick has a chance to crack the lineup early on during his time in Columbus. Already in rehab to build his knee back to 100%, the younger Bosa could find himself in the rotation to replace his brother as a key pass-rushing threat off the edge.
"Barring Nick Bosa's health, following an ACL tear his senior year, the younger Bosa has the size, strength and ability to get into the defensive line rotation right away as a freshman. At 6'4, 265 pounds, he possesses the frame to play right away, with the ability to add collegiate strength in Columbus.
Bosa shines against the run, where he fires low off the ball and uses his arms very well to keep blockers disengaged. His blend of quickness and strength makes him very tough to block one-on-one. Once he beats the blocker, he does a great job of locating the ball carrier and making the tackle at, or behind the line of scrimmage.
As a pass rusher, he is similar to his brother Joey, where he is more of a disrupter than a speed, edge rusher. In high school, he was used inside and outside, and he will most likely do the same at Ohio State.
The younger Bosa is arguably more fine-tuned coming out of high school than his brother was, which is scary for the rest of the Big Ten. If his knee checks out and everything is on schedule, expect Bosa to make a day one impact at Ohio State." - Christopher Jason