I’ve been waiting anxiously for this one to decide, and Buckeye Nation, he is well worth the wait. Joey Bosa, son of former Miami Dolphin D-lineman John Bosa, is a men amongst boys when it comes to high school football. He is a member of the famed, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida, and although they play against the nation’s best teams, he still dominates. He is listed as ESPN’s #41 overall player in the 2013 class and Rivals has him as the #2 defensive tackle recruit in the nation. If you need one, simple example of his athletic ability, go ahead and click on the link below. Sure, you can stay focused on it and watch him consume scared QBs and running backs all day long, but in the opening seconds of his video, Bosa does a standing back flip in the weight room. Keep in mind, this isn’t a wide receiver or skill position player, this is 6’4″ and 260 lbs of lineman flipping backwards.
Bosa has excellent strength for his position, great speed and quickness, and the nasty edge that you hope to see in all defensive players. He uses his hands well to shed blockers and is able to close on the QB so quickly that it’s obvious a couple of opponents on his highlight film should have simply opted for a 7 yard shotgun snap and quick out, as opposed to running any legit offensive scheme. A couple of attempts to block him with a high school running back are almost comical as he tosses them aside like gnats. Just when you think Urban Meyer’s defensive line recruits from the 2012 class might be enough to hold him over, he hits the road and brings in a star from Florida who will certainly compete for playing time in 2013. Click to see the stats and junior highlight video of OSU’s 12th commitment in the 2013 class…
Weight: 260 lbs
Hometown/School: Fort Lauderdale, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Position: Defensive Tackle
Welcome to Ohio State, Mr. Bosa.