Joey Bosa Explains Buckeye Choice

The commitment of Joey Bosa to Ohio State is the end of a whirlwind last week for the five-star defensive end. Bosa pledged to the Buckeyes after his second visit in a week's time, and he talked to Scout.com about his decision.

It's safe to say that Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Joey Bosa was one of the most heavily pursued recruits in the country over the past few months.

Bosa, 6-foot-5, 265-pounds, committed to Ohio State Monday morning, choosing the Buckeyes over Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida and Florida State.

"I have committed to Ohio State," Bosa informed Scout.com Monday morning. The five-star prospect's commitment came on the heels of two recent visits to Columbus, including this past weekend for the Buckeye spring game.

Although he planned to wait until later this coming summer to issue his commitment, Bosa explained why he made his decision public Monday morning.

"Ohio State just felt like home to me, from the first time I visited, and again with the second visit," he stressed. "The Ohio State coaching staff is perfect for what I need at this time in my career."

"All the people there are great, and I loved every minute of being there," he added. "I feel Ohio State is just an awesome place in every aspect, and I loved being there and hated to leave."

Bosa's mother graduated from Ohio State, and his uncle, Eric Kumerow, played for the Buckeyes before taking his talents to the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.

Interestingly, Bosa's father, John, also played professionally with the Dolphins, and was a teammate of Kumerow's for two years, in both 1988 and 1989.

"My parents couldn't be happier with my choice," the player admitted. "The fact that they supported my decision meant the world to me. I just felt Ohio State in my heart from the first time I was there, and the feeling wouldn't go away. I couldn't wait any longer, so I went ahead and committed."

Bosa admitted the Ohio State coaching staff impressed him greatly, and they were a big factor in his choosing the Buckeyes.

"Urban Meyer was great to me actually," he continued. "He never pressured me at all into committing, and we really never talked that much about that. I have to say Coach (Mike) Vrabel is awesome. He really knows what he's doing as a coach, and he is a great guy."

Ranked as the number-two defensive end in America for 2013, Bosa finished his junior season with 54 tackles, including 15 for loss and 7.5 sacks.


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