Ohio State suffered a huge blow on Tuesday, as star defensive end Nick Bosa announced he will leave the university in order to rehab from his injury and get himself prepared for the NFL Draft.
Many expected Bosa to return to the team in order to help them reach the National Championship Game, as well as ease his way back into football form. That includes head coach Urban Meyer.
The head coach released the following statement, saying while he was expecting Bosa to return, he wishes him well in his pursuit of an NFL career.
Ohio State makes it official: Nick Bosa, the possible No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, is withdrawing from school. Here's Urban Meyer: pic.twitter.com/99Af440ocX— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 16, 2018
Bosa has been dealing with a core muscle injury suffered in the third week of the college football season against TCU. He did undergo surgery, but there was no set timetable for his return.
Bosa is the cream of the crop in this year's draft class, with Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN ranking him as the top overall prospect of the bunch. The hype has been around Nick ever since he came to Columbus, with many calling him a better athlete than his older brother, Joey of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Urban Meyer issues statement on Nick Bosa https://t.co/girlcoi8HF— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) October 16, 2018
During his three years at Ohio State, Bosa recorded 77 total tackles, 17.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and two forced fumbles (one for a touchdown).
While Meyer would have loved to see Bosa return to the team later this season, he understands that the junior has his eyes set on the NFL and is protecting his draft value. For Meyer and the Buckeyes, it will be next man up.