Catching Up with Joey Bosa: Committed

By Alex on April 25, 2012 at 1:00p
Bosa the BuckeyeBosa went from "long shot" to Buckeye commit

As early as three weeks ago it was thought to be a "long shot" amongst OSU insiders for Joey Bosa to be a Buckeye by National Signing Day in February 2013, let alone give a commitment to Urban Meyer in April.

When we interviewed Bosa in March, the Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas star mentioned he had plans to visit Columbus for the Spring Game and was excited to see what the Bucks had to offer, but word out of the Sunshine State was that Bosa was likely to stay in the south and it would be tough to beat his supposed leader in Alabama. 

Things didn't go exactly according to plan and Bosa moved his visit up a week when he took a trip to the Midwest during his Spring Break. On the trip he got back to Madison to check out Wisconsin, drove down to Columbus to see the Buckeyes, and went up to Ann Arbor to see the Michigan Spring Game before heading back home to Florida.

Despite enjoying all three schools on his mini vacation, Bosa came back home feeling very strongly about one school in particular. After multiple tweets raving about OSU, including saying he was "in love", it became pretty clear that the Buckeyes not only had a real chance to land one of the top players in the nation, but they very well could be the leader for his services.

Usually when a recruit takes a visit and talks highly about it the way Bosa did with his Columbus trip, that player comes off the high and things settle down a bit. That was not the case for Joey as shortly after he returned home from the Midwest, he decided he needed to get back to Columbus to see the Buckeyes' Spring Game and make sure Ohio State was definitely the place for him to spend the next four to five years.

When he arrived back to campus the feelings he was having certainly did not go away. He arrived in Columbus late on Friday night, but was extremely excited knowing he'd get to see the electrifying atmosphere of the Horseshoe the next day and had a pretty good idea how things were going to end on his trip.

As you already know, the Spring Game could not have been a better experience for Bosa. Of the actual game experience inside Ohio Stadium, he said "it was awesome and the turnout by the Ohio State fans was great".

While in the Shoe that day, he also got to spend some time with other recruits, which helped him feel even more comfortable with the Bucks. Two of the prospects he spent most of his time with were Wymossing (PA) LB Alex Anzalone and Naples (FL) Barron Collier TE Mike Heuerman. Of course Anzalone committed to Ohio State on Saturday, while Heuerman is currently finalizing his decision amongst OSU, LSU, Miami (FL), and Notre Dame.

The Dream Team"The Bash Brothers" with Pantoni and Vrabel

The three were practically inseparable during the weekend and were even tagged with the nickname "The Bash Brothers". Bosa said both Anzalone and Heuerman "were really cool kids and I know we will all be good friends for a long time". In regards to the nickname (that's sure to stick), he "loved it, but still isn't even sure who came up with it".

After the game, Joey knew Ohio State was 100% sure that Ohio State was the right place for him and he decided to commit to the coaching staff that day. In terms of making the call when he did, Bosa said "Everything about Ohio State was just awesome. The people, the coaching staff, the campus, the city, they all just came together perfectly and I knew this was the place I had to go."

As you could imagine the news of getting one of the best players in America excited Urban Meyer just a little bit. Bosa said when the OSU head man got the news that "he went crazy and ran out of the room to grab all of the other coaches to celebrate and congratulate me".

Bosa spent the night in Columbus on Saturday before returning Sunday evening (after conquering a Thurmanator). Rumors swirled all day that he was "silently committed" to the Buckeyes, and while those rumors were true in the end, Joey would not confirm anything publicly until he spoke to his father (only mom came with him to Columbus) about his decision.

Once he did that he wasted no time in letting the public know that he was a Buckeye, skipping today's standard hat ceremony and press conference for a simple Twitter announcement. His commitment gave the Buckeyes a huge pick up in their recruiting class of 2013, as Bosa is one of the best players in the country and adds to an already stacked defensive line unit made up by players in the classes of 2012 and 2013.

While he is certainly excited about getting up to Columbus and beginning his career with the Buckeyes, Bosa's focus is on his senior season with the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders. His goal for this year is simple: "win a state title".

Hopefully once he does that, he can come up to Ohio State and help the Buckeyes bring home a a few titles of their own in the coming years.



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TheHostileDwarf's picture

Fantastic. Welcome to OSU, Joey!

bassplayer7770's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Joey.

I also think it's awesome how excited Coach Meyer gets when a kid commits to tOSU.

ARMYBUCK's picture

Congratulations Mr. Bosa.  I think you will find out soon that you made the right choice if a championship is what you want!  Happy to have you.  Go Bucks!

blazers34's picture

wow, that picture is unreal.  kid is freaking huge.

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Is it legal for him to become a product of the Mariotti system?? 

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

sir rickithda3rd's picture

I dont know how this kid isnt a 5*.  O well, in other news at Ohio Christian University Tim Tebow was quoted as saying "tOsu will win a National Championship within three yrs". So glad we have Urbs

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Alex's picture

Scout has him as a 5-star....the other services will too when it's all said and done

Matt's picture

Hope Tebow stops by the WHAC to see Urban.  Would generate some good pub/buzz for recruiting purposes and feed the Urban as rock star image.

Alex's picture

He is....Marotti was saying last week how pumped he was to see Tebow and Simon lift next to each other

BritishBuckeye's picture

Im not sure how everyone else feels about that, but I am excited for the possibility to see Tebow at the Woody...Harvin would be nice as well. Show some of our guys how its done.

buckeyedude's picture

I agree. Having Tebow and possibly Harvin coming to see Meyer @ OSU is all positive. Hope they roll out the red carpet for those guys, even though they played a part in one of our team's getting smoked.

This is all good for OSU. No downside. I think our players could learn a few things from them.



703Buckeye's picture

Tebow and Simon lifting together? The Universe will implode on itself!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

tennbuckeye19's picture

I remember reading about when Tebow was at Florida they would limit how much weight and the reps he would lift because he was such a beast in the weight room. And we all know Simon is a beast in the weight room as well. I would love to see those guys lift together and push each other. 

Tim's picture

I'm going to have to go ahead and guess Simon can lift more than Tebow, even though Tebow's size and skillset suggest that he should be a defensive lineman or linebacker.

nickma71's picture

He will have plenty of time between special teams appearances.

biggy84's picture

Welcome to the family Joey!

Adamant73's picture

Remember that this kid is only 16 years old and is already 6'6 and 260lbs. Would like to see how he fills out and maybe gets taller?

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Joey!!! If you thought the Spring Game was electric - you'll REALLY love the insanity of the real thing come gameday!!!  You couldn't have choosen a more perfect place to hang and play football!!!  Can't wait to see the Bash Brothers stomping on the opposition's offense!!  I really hope you get to personally put your footprint on Kyle Kalis's chest on your way to crushing the AACC QB!!! Going to be a great thing to watch.

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sir rickithda3rd's picture

The back flip at the beginning is what made my mouth drop at his age and size.

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

703Buckeye's picture

Not just that he could do a backflip like that, but at that velocity and quickness is what impresses me.

Now I'll go back to judging things that actually matter!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Maestro's picture

Kid is a specimen, and he appears to really enjoy crushing fools.  Love it.

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Right Again's picture

@Blazer Takes a big dude to make Vrabel look small(ish)!!

buckz4evr's picture

Welcome home, Joey!  Love having you, Anzalone, and all the other great recruits in this class.  You guys are going to be something special!! 

BTBuckeye's picture

Pretty impressive. He has a ways to go from the technical side of things, but damn, for 16? Sky is the limit. Nice lean, angular body-type. When Simon was at Mooney his highlights looked similar to Mr. Bosa's - plowing little kids around with not a lot of technique. 3 years later Simon's work ethic turned him into a beast.

Welcome aboard Joey


FortMeyer's picture

You will be a pleasure to watch and am so glad you came on board with the good guys. You will always have Buckeye Nation behind you forever. Good luck and welcome aboard!

Larryp713's picture

Did you see that back flip!!! Beast. Can he get in early enough to have Simon beat him into shape!!! Go Bucks!!!



wigbug5's picture

Dont worry,simon will be gone but with micky marotti runnin shit in the weight room bosa will continue to grow into an absolute monster. BTW the defense is shaping up to be the best in cfb history,putting usc's with mauluga and what not to shame! Only were gonna do it year in/year out. Just look at the studs we have after simon, hankins, nate williams,goebbels,etc... Leave the defensive line (who will top the nation in 2012). Kenny hayes, steve millier, joel hale, michael bennet, chase farris, adolphus washington, noah spence, se'von pittman, tommy schutt, jamaal marcus, joey bosa, billy price, tracy sprinkle, lewis neal. Its not even gonna be fair! Then you have the best s strength/conditioning coach in the country, the best group of defensive coaches in the country, and the best damn had coach in the land! Add all this to a swarming, attacking LB/DB group led by more great coaches and we will barely need urban's nation-best offense as braxton's/barrett's units will start in opponent's territory almost every drive. Put simply e will score a shitload of points with no remorse and give up little to no points every game. Starting in 2013 urban wins out his contract with NCs every year.


DMcDougal24's picture

He looks like he's going to be one of the next Buckeye greats. Welcome to the family, Joey. Can't wait to watch the bash brothers

kareemabduljacobb's picture

So if you look at the last 3 years, well with next years recruiting class included... we've gotten 4 5* DEs that were ranked as such on various websites... S Miller, A Washington, N Spence and now this big fella... Goddd damnnn, maybe we can do something similar to the NY Giants and put 4 DE's on the field and just get after it!  Washington and Bosa will bulk up big enough to play inside, leave the outside rushing to Miller, Spence and Pittman.  I like this mentality tho... we're about a playmaking saftey away from having an (on paper) incredible defense.. Hope these boys put in the work, can't wait to see how they look a few years down the road... Good things are coming to OSU!!!!!!!!

BuckeyeMike2002's picture

Holy Cow!! That kid is a monster. Welcome to the Buckeye Nation, Joey.  Ann Arbor is a whore and I can't wait to see you in the Shoe in the fall of 2013.

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cudbucfan's picture

After I was 16, I grew 2" to 6'; if Bosa can maintain the speed and tenacity/mean streak, wow, an unstoppable force.

Furgy and Tommy Myers(QB to Northwestern) were in the backfield together at Troy High,and my bro. took me to the Troy vs Chaminade game, when he was a Sr at CHS and played Troy the first game of the 1956 season.  CHS had a great team tha

Urban Ohio's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Joe. Can't wait to see you in Scarlet & Gray.

Nice Backflip!

Go Bucks!!!

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741's picture

If you've ever stood next to Vrabel in person you know with 100% certainty Bosa is one big damn kid. Like Lebron big... Man child!

Bingocat's picture

Class of 2013 Defense looks outstanding so far::::Welcome young Mr. Bosa !!!!DL--BOSA,PRICE,SPRINKLE-Great caliber of boys here so far !:::::LB-ANZALONE,NEAL- Like this !;;;;;DB's-BURROWS,WOODARD,THOMPSON-Try passing on that ! My thoughts another LB and then finish on Offense---OL and WR

nickma71's picture

I would like to see how having a potent offense with the Vest's defenses at the same time. I look forward to seeing him on the line with Spence and Washington in a fall or two.

FortMeyer's picture

J. Bosa is asking for 3,000 followers on twitter. Help him out, spread the word Buckeye Nation. Show him the power of the force!

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