Ohio State freshman defensive end Nick Bosa arrived in Columbus was high expectations. Very high. When he got to campus, his brother had just been selected third overall in the NFL draft, after all.
But Bosa met at least some of those expectations right away, recording a sack in his first game, and he's totaled five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and that sack to go with one quarterback hit through three games. That's all come as a reserve end, but the former Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas five-star has seen his role evolve during the non-conference slate.
One notable evolution is his presence in the Buckeyes' "Rushmen" package, which has often featured four defensive ends. A front-four of Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes and Bosa would likely give any quarterback nightmares, but it hasn't hit his full potential just yet, according to Holmes.
"The sky's the limit with that," Holmes said. "We just keep getting better, keep working on little stuff. Like I said, we left a lot of stuff that we should've done better (against Oklahoma). With Nick in it, just adding another guy who can do it all as well."
Holmes added that Bosa is an awesome guy off the field and that "he's a sponge" for information.
If his first three collegiate games are any indication, Bosa's continued development could be on a quick path for the Buckeyes.