Buckeyes' Bosa to withdraw from school, focus on draft

Younger Bosa in conversation for top overall pick

Alex Hooper
October 16, 2018 - 12:15 pm
Sep 8, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Jonathan Hilliman (23) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa (97), defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste (38), and defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones (86) in the first ha

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Ohio State star defensive end Nick Bosa will not return to the team, and will focus on the 2019 NFL Draft, Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday.

The 20-year-old suffered a core injury against Texas Christian University on Sept. 15, undergoing surgery on the injury on Sept. 20.

Bosa racked up four sacks, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and forced a fumble returned for a touchdown by a teammate in three games to start the season.

“I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us,” Head Coach Urban Meyer said in a press release. “I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. currently lists Bosa as his No. 1 prospect for the draft.