Catching Up with Joey Bosa

By Alex on March 7, 2012 at 3:00p
Bosa is one of Meyer's top targetsBosa has Ohio State in his blood

St.Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has been home to many outstanding football players in the last decade, but hasn't been that friendly to Ohio State in recent years.

The Buckeyes did land Nate Salley and Duron Carter, whose stay in Columbus was short lived, but they haven't been able to land a single player from the school other than those two. They have struck out on or not offered players such as Major Wright (Florida), Leonard Hankerson (Miami), Brandon Linder (Miami), Giovanni Bernard (UNC), Phillip Dorsett (Miami), James White (Wisconsin), Keion Payne (Miami), Cody Riggs (Florida), and others.

That trend could definitely be changed under Urban Meyer, who has ties to one of the top programs in the Sunshine State, and it may start with the Raiders' best player in the 2013 class, DE Joey Bosa.

The 6-5/260 Bosa is a terror for offensive linemen to handle and gives nightmares to opposing quarterbacks. This past year he recorded 52 tackles (18 for loss) with 8 sacks playing mostly defensive tackle, but has the frame and athleticism to be able to play both inside or outside at the next level.

While all of the top schools in the nation are in pursuit of one of Florida's best and the 14th ranked player in the Rivals 250, Bosa has sorted things out a bit when it comes to his recruitment, recently naming a top five list that he will focus on. We caught up with Joey to hear who those five schools are, what ties he has to the Ohio State program, what his plan on a decision is, and more.

Join us after the jump to hear the latest on one of the nation's best defensive linemen, Joey Bosa.

How did your junior season go? How did your team do and how did you perform individually?

The season didn't go as well as we had hoped. Of course, at a top high school like St. Thomas Aquinas, we try to get to states every year, but it just didn't happen this year. Individually, I had a pretty good season and definitely got my name out there.

How is recruiting going for you right now?

Recruiting is starting to get crazy, but I have a top five right now. Included in that list is (in no order) Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

What visits have you taken already? What visits do you have planned in the future?

I have been to Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Wisconsin already. I have plans to go to Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, and Wisconsin this spring. 

When are you going to be visiting Ohio State?

I am going up there April 20-22 for the Spring Game. I can't wait to get up to Ohio State and see everything up there.

Your mom graduated from Ohio State and your uncle (Eric Kumerow) played there. How big of a factor will that play in your recruitment?

I would say it's definitely something to think about, but I wouldn't say it is a big factor. They don't pressure me to go there or anything like that.

What coaches have been recruiting you for OSU?

I talk to all of the coaches really, but mainly Luke Fickell, Mike Vrabel, and Urban Meyer are recruiting me.

When do you expect to make a college decision?

I expect to make a college decision whenever I am ready and feel a school is the right place for me.

What are the most important factors for you when picking a school?

The most important thing will be which school is the best fit for me. It's not just the school that wins the most or has the best facilities, but just the program that all around fits me the best.

What are your strengths on the field? What are some things you need to work on?

I would say my strengths are my power and speed off the ball. I need to work on improving everything because it is important to continue to work on all parts of my game.



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bucknasty's picture

Sounds like a nice kid.. would love to have him.

Bosa, Miller, Spence, Washington, Pittman = an embarassment of riches..

Nice piece, Alex. I'm SO excited for the spring game.. It should be a HUGE crowd, and for recruits to see that sort of following will be big, IMO. I get the vibe that Bosa may be one who is wainting to be blown away, and if we can at the spring game, he could commit on the spot..

Alhan's picture

Back flip into Rage into repeatedly and mercilessly pounding his way through the O Line during every play...yes please.

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gbm's picture

Want. Reminds me to much of a taller this guy...


(Sorry, not trying to push other sites, I typically only visit 11W anymore, but did a quick google search for the famed signing day photo. Also, noted a link of him and Hall smackin each other around in HS.)


Poison nuts's picture

First of all Holy Shit. For real. This kid has to be one of the biggest priorities. Second of all, as a guy who does video production for a living & even did some highlight films here in Florida - that was a damn fine highlight film!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Maestro's picture

Will be a 17 year old senior.  Crazy that a kid can be that big and that coordinated at such a young age.  FREAKISH.

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Unleash the Disrupticon. Need him in S&G.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Nice!!!  I love the way he was just destroying the poor slobs that were attempting to block him!!!  Appears to have a bit of a nasty streak too - good! 

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OurHonorDefend09's picture

pretty much impossible to block a kid with that size/speed in HS. However, and this is very nit picky because he dominated those kids (and why this happens), but he basically is downblocking kids off the line of scrimmage like an O-Lineman. He obviously won't be able to bury kids like that in college so the only complaint is that he doesn't have very active hands unless kids are trying to cut him. In college, o-linemen will love him if he just locks onto them.


Like I said very nit picky. This kid is a stud and I hope Urban makes him a Buckeye!

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ToothBuck's picture

I want this kid. Wow.

buckeye76BHop's picture

I'm going to the spring game and at the sounds like they'll be more than 102,000 ppl there;-)  I CAN'T WAIT!  Great article Alex and it would be great to get Bosa.  Hopefully his family ties will help more than he's leading us to believe.  

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cdsperr's picture

Bosabombing QBs into the 15th row

fansince1968's picture

Awesome...great highlights. Good job Alex, as usual...

Alex Root's picture

Looks really good, a few times it looked like he just wanted to destory the guy blocking him and not go after that ball! Would be a really good get for OSU, what are the chances we land him tho? I know he has OSU ties we have a lot of young D-linemen also.

Alex's picture

I actually like the chances after a spring game visit

FortMeyer's picture

Saw these highlights a while back and was blown away by this kid. Raw power. When it looks like the man among boys thing, you've got something. We need this dude. Awesome talent. Another guy that will look great with blood dripping from his jersey........but it won't be his if he comes over to the good side. Come to OSU Joey Bosa.

otrain2416's picture

I'd love to land this kid one of the best SDE/DT prospects I've seen in a while. Go Bucks!

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Tonga Buckeye's picture

Mom needs to get into her sons business and demand her son do the right thing.  OSU FOOTBALL!

Moms know best.

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3technique's picture

This kid is elite! Hope he enjoys the spring game...  A talent like this will find the field as a freshman and with him and Spence, Pittman, al looks like the best Dline in the country.. I still think Bennet will be an all-american before he leaves....

dbit's picture

He kind of looks like he cares more about annihilating the man in front of him than getting to the ball carrier.  But I love it.

dmurder's picture

This kid is a STUD.

Washington, Hankins, Bosa, Spence

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Poison nuts's picture

Simon too.

Edit - my bad - I just realized Simon is gone by the time this kid would be here.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

If I had to block this kid all I'd be thinking is something that starts w/ an F and ends with a UCK and I'm not talking about a fire truck.

schooey's picture

Can't wait to see him run over Kalis. 

German Buckeye's picture

Dude easily plays at 285 with no loss of speed - only will get stronger.  Urban needs to put the full court press on here. 

OurHonorDefend09's picture

that's seriously the scariest thing about him. He is a big kid, but doesn't have that much muscle mass compared to what his body can hold and still play fast. Urban needs to scoop him up at the Spring Game.

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Alex, thanks for the awesome recruiting coverage!


Definitely, would love to see this kid as part of "The Urban Assualt".