Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) will stay in his home state this weekend for his all-star game, but the ESPN 150 defensive tackle will do so with the attitude that made him a state champion this season.
A hard-nosed senior, Bosa joins an Ohio State fearsome five of Jalin Marshall, Marcus Baugh, Gareon Conley and Cam Burrows in the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday and will do so with the idea of proving his rankings are exactly where they should be.
Ranked 46th overall in the ESPN 150, Bosa played a versatile role for the Raiders this season, lining up at nose tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end for St. Thomas Aquinas. Despite an injury early in the season, Bosa finished with 70 tackles -- 27 for loss -- and added a team-leading 9.5 sacks.
He also forced a fumble and had nine quarterback pressures.
In a game loaded with top-notch defensive linemen, Bosa makes his way to St. Petersburg with a ton to prove. An Ohio State commit since April 23, he was a no-brainer to receive his Under Armour jersey on Nov. 8.
When Bosa comes to Ohio State in the fall, he’ll join a depth chart loaded to the gills with defensive linemen. Urban Meyer has never been one to shy away from the position in recruiting, sometimes going as far as three or four deep.
This 2013 recruiting class already has six members across the defensive front. With more than a dozen already enrolled at Ohio State on top of that, the position is hardly a weak spot for the Buckeyes even if it is a little young.
With the competition Bosa will see in practice alone, he should get even better. While playing time at defensive line might not be in his future next fall, he’ll more than likely be a special teamer. One look at the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Bosa and it’s easy to see he already belongs.