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School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Position: Defensive End
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Nick Bosa the defensive end for St. Thomas Aquinas High School dreams of one day being able to do what he loves for a living – play for the pros. In the meantime, he relies on his team, coaches, family, and most importantly, his love for the game to overcome obstacles and pursue his dream.
“MY DREAM IS TO LOOK BACK ONE DAY AND BE HAPPY WITH WHAT I’VE BECOME.”
Casino or Goodfellas
I go to the stands and hang out while it’s nice and quiet before everyone arrives.
ONE DREAM. ONE LOVE.
Nick Bosa isn’t a star.
He doesn’t spend Saturdays in the Big Ten, like his brother, Joey. He’s never played an professional down, like his father, John.
Nick is a senior in high school. A highly-touted football player who leads by example, earns the trust of his teammates, maintains a 4.0 GPA, and is widely-admired in his community.
One of the top prospects in the country, Nick doesn’t rest on the strength of his scouting reports. Or on the Bosa family name. A 6’4, 265-lb. strong-side defensive end, Nick is his own force to be reckoned with; a five-star prospect who explodes off the line and plays with a mean strike.
Not bad, considering he wasn’t groomed to be a football star.
Though his father played professional football, his mother Cheryl says the boys were never pushed into football, and were encouraged to try soccer, golf and baseball.
But the love for the game was just in Nick’s blood.
“I always tell the story about going to the park for his first practice,” John Bosa says. “I looked at him, and he just looked like a football player.”
And he was.
By the time he reached 9th grade, Nick had already earned a starting spot on the varsity squad for St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale), a national football powerhouse, playing alongside brother Joey, now an All-American at Ohio State.
Over the resulting three years, Nick has been praised as much for his power and quickness on the field as his moral character off it.