A Look at the Ohio State-St. Thomas Aquinas Connection

By DJ Byrnes on January 29, 2014 at 11:28a

St. Thomas Aquinas is a high school power down in Florida. Some say they run the most advanced high school program in the country. It's a school that's sent Ohio State such prospects as Joey Bosa, Duron Carter, and it's a relationship Urban Meyer is looking to continue. (Urban's hand-written letters adorn the office of head football coach Rocco Casullo.)

Cleveland.com had a great write-up on the Florida power and Urban's relationship:

It’s staggering how much talent has passed through the doors at Aquinas and gone onto college programs in the FBS. In the 2013 recruiting class, Aquinas sent nine prospects to FBS schools, and at least five in every class dating back to before 2000. And it also isn’t a coincidence that Aquinas has more players in the NFL than any other high school program in the country (six).

“Don’t forget about all the prospects we have in the Ivy League as well,” Casullo said. “We’re talking about Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn, Brown. We have kids all over. Between academics and football, kids are probably getting about six hours of sleep a night here.

“And on the football field, we expect to win. Anything less than a championship is a disappointment for us, and our kids understand that. Ask Urban Meyer about his program and he'll probably say the same thing. So everything we do here prepares them for what's to come.”

Urban didn't recruit a St. Thomas Aquinas product in the 2014 class, but the ties remain strong. The prospect to watch is 2016's Nick Bosa, Joey's younger brother, who many say will be the better Bosa. Ohio State has also offered 2015 St. Thomas Aquinas WR Davonte Peete

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