Joey Bosa Will be Freshman to Watch on Defense for Ohio State Buckeyes

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The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a big chunk of their defensive front seven from 2012 and will be looking for fresh faces to step up in a big way next fall. Urban Meyer has always been a major proponent of playing the best players on his roster, which bodes well for the incoming freshman class looking to get on the field early in their careers. Of that group, defensive lineman Joey Bosa could make the biggest impact in 2013.

Bosa was rated as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the 2013 class and brings an old-school mean streak with him to Columbus. He isn’t afraid to mix it up with offensive linemen, but showed a great ability to get after the passer in high school. At 6-foot-4 and 260-pounds, he has the size to stand up to physical play at the college level but also has the burst and athleticism to create problems for linemen trying to block him. Bosa has shown a great ability to use his hands to extend and shed blockers before using his speed to chase down plays.

He was one of the major prizes for Meyer in the 2013 class as the defensive line was giving Ohio State the biggest reason to worry. While Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington put much of that concern to rest with excellent springs, there is still a great need for depth up front. Bosa has the opportunity to step in and become a part of the defensive rotation early. If he does, his ability to get into the backfield and make a play could make him a star.

The future is bright for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Joey Bosa in particular. He has the skill set to be a major contributor early for Urban Meyer as OSU tries for its second-straight perfect season in 2013. Will he be a difference-maker on the line next fall?

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