Nick Bosa will focus on National Football League career, not return to Ohio State

Nick Bosa Ohio State Football Buckeyes

Bosa leaving OSU to prepare for NFL draft

A reporter asked Urban Meyer on Monday if he took solace in other top-10 teams struggling at the same time his Ohio State team is struggling.

Bosa, a junior, was the best defensive lineman in the nation before going down with a core muscle.

"I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter", Meyer said.

That release happened prior to the news on Tuesday that Bosa would withdraw from Ohio State and focus on rehabilitating his core muscle injury and preparing for the NFL Draft.

While Bosa reportedly initially wanted to return to Ohio State to finish this season, no one can blame him for shutting things down to protect his future financial interests.

Sources told the Columbus Dispatch that Bosa met with coach Urban Meyer on Sunday to tell him that he and his family had decided Bosa would not be playing for the team again this season.

Nick is the younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who also starred at Ohio State and was selected third overall in the 2016 National Football League draft. "He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach".

Asked about Bosa, as well as future first-round pick Denzel Ward skipping Ohio State's bowl game past year, Meyer praised both and said: "I certainly understand and we support [the players]".

Nick Bosa had tied his career high of five tackles twice in the first three games this season, and he was leading the team in tackles with 14, including six for losses.

David Pollack of ESPN doesn't think the Buckeyes are pulling it off without their former Heisman Trophy candidate.

The 6-foot-4, 263-pounder, who wore the same No. 97 his brother did for the Buckeyes, played in 30 games, with 29 tackles, 17½ sacks and two fumble recoveries, one of them for a touchdown.

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