Nick Bosa Withdraws: Ohio State Star Preparing For NFL Draft

Ohio State star starts NFL exodus by leaving school

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He had surgery five days later, with no timetable set for a return.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced Tuesday that Bosa - a projected top 3 pick - will focus on preparing for the National Football League draft rather than return to the Ohio State program.

"I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter", Meyer said.

Once the news broke about Nick Bosa missing the remainder of the season, some were skeptical about his decision to focus on the preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft. I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program.

Asked about Bosa, as well as future first-round pick Denzel Ward skipping Ohio State's bowl game a year ago, Meyer praised both and said: "I certainly understand and we support [the players]". The Dispatch added that Nick Bosa told Meyer and some of his staff of his decision on Sunday.

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In three games this season, Bosa had six tackles, four sacks and caused two fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown and the other which was returned for a touchdown by a teammate.

While Bosa reportedly initially wanted to return to Ohio State to finish this season, no one can blame him for shutting things down to protect his future financial interests. A surefire high selection, Bosa would join his brother Joey, who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bosa was dominating from the start of his Ohio State career.

Nick's older brother, Joey, himself a former Buckeyes edge rusher, was the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 and signed a four-year rookie deal worth almost $26 million.

As for filling the void, Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper have played well as Ohio State's starting defensive ends, and former tackle Jashon Cornell has seen increased time in recent weeks, including a start last week when Cooper was in concussion protocol.

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