Ohio State DE Nick Bosa leaving school, looking to draft

Lynette Rowe
October 18, 2018

"He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach", the statement reads in part.

The news is a blow for the No. 2 ranked Ohio State squad, but not altogether unexpected following Bosa's injury.

The 20-year-old suffered a core injury against Texas Christian University on September 15, undergoing surgery on the injury on September 20.

John Bosa said he and Nick were on their way to Philadelphia on Tuesday to get a recovery assessment from the surgeon who made the fix, Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute.

The College Football Playoff semifinals are December 29.

"There's time frames for injuries, and then time frames for an elite pass-rusher".

"When is he able to be safe and play at the same level?"

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"The way he plays the game, the amount of torque and power he creates, when you have any little issue it's going to be exposed", John said.

The injury is not expected to impact Bosa's draft status, and the decision to withdraw from school to focus on his rehab reduces the risk of aggravating the injury and potentially hurting his draft stock. To put that in perspective from a financial standpoint, the top three picks from the 2018 draft signed contracts worth $30 million or more.

It makes sense from Bosa's perspective to make a decision like this given that he's already considered one of the top players to hit the National Football League next year, but this is obviously disappointing for all of Buckeye nation.

In three games this season, Bosa had six tackles for loss, four sacks, a forced fumble that resulted in a touchdown, and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown.

Ohio State's defense hasn't been the same since Bosa's departure. He was a first-team All-American last season and the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year.

"This just happened. We're still debating on how to do it", he said.

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