The newest crop of college football players are starting to arrive on campuses all over the country. Freshmen and transfers will make their first impressions at summer classes and workouts with their new, veteran teammates in the next couple of weeks. Most will be hoping to lay the groundwork for an immediate impact this season. This week on the Big Ten blog, we will be identifying the player from each of the league’s teams who has the best chance to become a well-known name by the end of the fall.
Now we turn to Ohio State.
Top newcomer: DE Nick Bosa
Some early enrollees turned heads for the Buckeyes this spring, including wide receiver Austin Mack and offensive lineman Michael Jordan. But it's safe to say that the most anticipated true freshman on this team will be Joey Bosa’s little brother.
This pick comes with a couple of caveats. First, Bosa suffered a knee injury last year that cut short his final high school season, so there may still be some recovery time. And secondly, there's no clear path to playing time at the moment, since Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis have the starting defensive end spots locked down.
But ... this is a Bosa. If he's anything like his brother, who announced himself as a star right away, then Nick Bosa will force his way into the lineup sooner rather than later. Urban Meyer has made no secret of the fact that he expects an immediate impact from Bosa 2.0.
"He's playing,” Meyer said earlier this year. "He had the knee injury, but he's well ahead of schedule. Looks fantastic, and he's a little ahead of his brother at this time."
Ahead of Joey Bosa? That's a scary thought. And it's why everyone is waiting to see what Nick Bosa will bring to the Buckeyes.