Nick Bosa to leave Buckeyes, focus on National Football League draft

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer press conference

Nick Bosa won't return to Ohio State: What's next for the...

Ohio State star defensive lineman Nick Bosa suffered a muscular injury in the Buckeyes' game against TCU.

Bosa had surgery to fix an abdominal/groin injury in late September. But Bosa won't be returning to the Buckeyes regardless.

Ohio State's defense hasn't been the same since Bosa's departure. To put that in perspective from a financial standpoint, the top three picks from the 2018 draft signed contracts worth $30 million or more.

The presumption is Bosa, a junior, will forgo his final season at Ohio State to enter the National Football League draft.

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Bosa, who had surgery September 20 and has yet to be cleared to play, is the younger brother of San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who also starred at Ohio State and was the third overall pick in the 2016 National Football League draft.

"I was hopeful, as all of us were (that he would return), but I wasn't surprised" by the decision, Meyer said Tuesday. "I know this was an extremely hard 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".

Bosa was dominating from the start of his Ohio State career.

"He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach", the statement reads in part. Despite apparently being informed of the decision on Sunday, Meyer said during his Monday press conference that he was "hoping" they would get Bosa back. He recorded four sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the first three games of the season.

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