Injured Ohio State DE Bosa withdraws with NFL focus

Ohio State junior defensive end Nick Bosa intends to withdraw from the school to focus on rehab and training as he prepares for the NFL draft, the school announced Tuesday.

"I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us," head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter. I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program. He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach."

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The announcement came shortly after the Columbus Dispatch reported that Bosa and his family have decided to focus on preparing him for his NFL career rather than returning to play for the No. 2 Buckeyes this season. Per the report, Bosa met with Meyer and other coaches on Sunday to inform them of the decision.

Bosa had core-muscle surgery on Sept. 20 after being injured against TCU on Sept. 15, and Meyer said shortly after the surgery that Bosa would be out "a few more weeks, but we expect him back." However, Bosa's father, former Miami Dolphins first-round pick John Bosa, responded to those comments with a much different timeline, saying Bosa wouldn't be re-evaluated until November.

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COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 06: Injured defensive end Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walking into Ohio Stadium before the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State Buckeyes won 49-26. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa (#97) rushes the passer during the Advocare Showdown college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the TCU Horned Frogs on September 15, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State won the game 40-28. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes lays on the field after being injured in the third quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa (97) works past TCU Horned Frogs offensive tackle Anthony McKinney (68) during the AdvoCare Showdown between the TCU Horned Frogs and Ohio State Buckeyes on September 15, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 08: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action during the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 52-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Defensive lineman Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after a sack against the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) rushes during game action between the Ohio State Buckeyes (8) and the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 28: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Penn Statte 39-38. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Widely considered a contender to go first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, Bosa had 4.0 sacks and six tackles for loss in just three games this season, after posting 13.5 and 23.0, respectively, through his first two years with the Buckeyes.

His brother, Pro Bowl Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Ohio state. John Bosa went 16th overall in the 1987 draft to Miami out of Boston College.

--Field Level Media

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