According to Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State’s star defensive end Nick Bosa is prioritizing his NFL future over returning to the Buckeyes this season after sustaining an injury against TCU on Sept. 15.
Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and his family apparently have decided to focus on the next phase of his football career, which means his emphasis will be on training for the 2019 NFL draft once he is cleared to do so, several sources told The Dispatch on Tuesday.
That means he will not try to return to play for the Buckeyes this season.
This may come as a heartbreaker to Buckeye fans who have grown accustomed to watching a Bosa (be it Joey or Nick) dominate on the defensive side of the ball, but it can hardly be called surprising given the climate surrounding football injuries and lack of pay in college sports. Bosa isn’t even the first defensive end to prioritize the NFL over his college team—Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina skipped his senior season altogether a few years back—but it is the first time (at least in recent history) that an Ohio State player has done it.
Ohio State might miss Bosa on the defense, but that isn’t to say the team is void of talent. In Bosa’s absence, Chase Young has risen to stardom while Dre’Mont Jones, Robert Landers and others continue to play dominant football up front.
The sources said that Bosa met with OSU coach Urban Meyer and some of his staff on Sunday to let them know of the decision he, his father John Bosa and the family had reached about his future.
Bosa’s decision isn’t one to be taken lightly: as of five days ago, he was still listed atop Mel Kiper, Jr.’s draft board. Being picked within the top 3 in the NFL last season meant signing a contract that guaranteed at least $30 million.