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Freshman Focus: Ohio State DE Nick Bosa Not Shying Away From Comparisons To Joey

Ohio State brought plenty of highly ranked recruits to campus as part of the 2016 class, but thanks to his older brother Nick Bosa drew more attention than the rest.

You might find yourself doing a double take while watching the Ohio State defense this season.

At some point, Buckeye fans will see No. 97 line up at defensive end and rush the passer. Yes, he will have Bosa on the back of his jersey, but it's not the one that Ohio State is accustomed to.

Joey Bosa is off to the NFL but his younger brother Nick is now a Buckeye, ready to fill the void left by his dominant older brother. Sure, asking the younger Bosa to fill the shoes of a two-time All-American when it comes to production is a tall task, but in other ways he already has. It's not just that Bosa is wearing No. 97 and has the same last name, but the Buckeye freshman has the same mannerisms that his brother has.

Even head coach Urban Meyer said the similarities are evident between the Bosa's.

"Just trying to convince the Bosa's to have one more, and we'll take him," Meyer said. 

The head coach also preached patience with the younger Bosa as he continues to recover from an ACL injury suffered in his senior year of high school.

Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he has a vision of what the freshman could become.

"I think he has all the potential to be an outstanding player," Fickell said. "He has not had any physical contact yet. We are just trying to bring him along slow and make sure that he is totally healed, which he is, but we want to be smart. We are holding him back, but we will add as we get closer to the game.

"He has the genes, and is a great worker. It it just a matter of time and getting the reps." 

To hear from Bosa himself on his recovery from knee surgery and living up to his brother's legacy, check out the video below shot by Scout contributor Tayla Davis.


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