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Nick Bosa leaving Ohio State to prepare for the NFL Draft

Nick Bosa

It has been just under a month since Ohio State star defensive end Nick Bosa underwent core muscle surgery that had put him out of the mix indefinitely.

According to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Bosa has made the decision to shift his focus over to preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft and not return to playing for the school for the rest of this year.

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and his family have decided to focus on the next phase of his football career, which means his emphasis will be on training for the 2019 NFL draft once he is cleared to do so, several sources told The Dispatch on Tuesday. That means he will not try to return to play for the Buckeyes this season.

Nick Bosa is widely regarded as being one of the best defensive players in the nation that is expected to be a potential first-round choice in next year’s draft. He is already recovering from a surgery that didn’t have a timetable for his return to the field, which this decision gives him the time to be ready to go at his own pace well ahead of the draft next April.

He should be able to participate in the combine along with his Pro Day and any individual workouts with teams if his recovery continues to go as planned. He has shown the ability to be able to be an effective edge rusher at the collegiate level where he had been off to a strong start in the first three games this year recording 4.0 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble returned for a touchdown.

This decision allows him to work directly towards getting ready for the next level while eliminating the potential of suffering another injury during the season. Bosa is also the younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa, who was taken third overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.