FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nick Bosa doesn’t do flirtation.
He’s not going on any more visits.
He’s not talking to any other college coaches.
Bosa, an Under Armour All-American who plays defensive end for Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas, said Monday his commitment to Ohio State is as firm as it gets.
“No … no other visits – I’m done,” said Bosa, who speaks softly but tackles with force – the 6-4, 255-pounder has six sacks in seven games this season, fighting off double teams on almost every play.
Bosa, who was presented with his Under Armour jersey during the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance, was at Ohio State this past weekend, watching his brother, defensive end Joey Bosa, and the rest of the top-ranked Buckeyes defeat Penn State.
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Nick Bosa knows the OSU campus so well that he didn’t even need a “host” on his official visit. He just hung out with his brother and the rest of the guys on the team.
But as well as Nick Bosa knows the team, he saw something he hadn’t witnessed before – black Buckeyes jerseys. In fact, the look was new for everyone.
What did Bosa enjoy most about his trip?
“Standing at the end of the tunnel, it was dark, and they had the red lasers going on, and they came out in their black jerseys for the first time – I think that was cool,” Bosa said.
“They were playing the song – I forget what song it was – but it went well with the situation. It got me pumped up. I wanted to go play.”
Bosa said he also hung out with Aquinas teammate Sam Bruce, a Miami Hurricanes recruit who the Buckeyes are trying to flip to Columbus.
“He loved it – his mom loved it, too,” Bosa said of Bruce, a wide receiver. “I’m hoping he sits down and considers coming up to Ohio. He didn’t mind the cold that much, which I was surprised about. I was the one shivering. He was sitting there saying, ‘It’s not too bad.’ I was impressed with that.”
Bosa said he believes the Buckeyes have “a bigger shot than people think” of landing Bruce.
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Either way, though, Bosa is all in for Ohio State with just a couple of things left to check off on his to-do list in high school.
One of those items is winning a Class 7A state title. If it happens, it would be Aquinas’ second straight championship and its third in four years.
Aquinas is 6-1, having suffered an upset loss at Deerfield Beach (Fla.) on Oct. 9. But given the score of the game – 6-3 – Bosa and his defense cannot be held responsible.
“We had a rough game against Deerfield when we were ranked No. 3 in the country,” Bosa said. “It’s tough to have that loss. But every year since I’ve been here, we’ve had a loss and then made a run for the state championship.
“I hope that’s the same case this year.”
Individually, Bosa has been outstanding – even if he’s not completely satisfied with his nearly sack-a-game pace.
”My stats aren’t as high as I want them to be,” he said. “But that’s the way it goes sometimes when teams game-plan for you.
“I’m happy with how I’m playing. I’m getting better, and that’s all that matters.”