It was assumed by many that St. Thomas Aquinas senior Nick Bosa would choose to follow his brother’s path to Ohio State University.
On Thursday morning, Bosa confirmed his intention to join the reigning national champions.
Bosa (6-4, 265-pounds) committed to Ohio State where his older brother Joey, a fellow defensive end, became an All-American and is entering a junior season in which he is expected to contend for every major national award at the position.
Bosa has offers from other top programs such Alabama, Notre Dame and Michigan State, FSU, Florida and Miami, but said Ohio State has long been his choice.
Never miss a local story.
“It’s crazy and didn’t even hit me until I actually committed today,” Nick Bosa said. “Ohio State has always been my dream school. I know exactly what I’m getting from going there. I went to three home games [in Columbus] last year. I love the coaches. I love the fans.”
If Joey Bosa brother has a great season and chooses to go pro, Nick Bosa may not get the chance to line up on the field with his elder brother. But that didn’t deter his choice one bit as Bosa said he wants to be a part of a potential great run at the school.
“I don’t think any school is looking as good as they are right now,” Bosa said. “They are about to become a dynasty like Alabama and other great schools.”
Bosa and Aquinas are less than two weeks away from opening official team practices as the Raiders vie for a state championship repeat in Class 7A. Aquinas, which is entering its first season under new coach Roger Harriott, is expected to debut in several national polls to open the season.
“Coach Harriott is going to make St. Thomas the best team in the country for a long time,” Bosa said.
TRACK AND FIELD
St. Thomas Aquinas’ senior-to-be Khalifa St. Fort made up for lost time after missing the Raiders’ tenth state track championship with a break-out Summer.
St. Fort ran a personal-best 11.19 to finish second in the 100 at the IAAF World Youth Championships for Trinidad and Tobago, becoming the island nations’ first ever silver medalist in that meet. St. Fort’s new personal-best is the No. 2 non-wind aided time in the nation and fifth over all.
“I expected to run 11.2 but ran 11.1 so for me now the sky is the limit,” St. Fort said. “ Hopefully I can go sub 11 seconds this year or next season. Everything came together from start to transition. I had no nerves at all. I was prepared. It was a phenomenal experience. It was more than I expected.”
St. Fort, who is training under former Trinidad Olympian Ato Boldon, won the Golden South Classic in 11.43 before finishing third at the Adidas Grand Prix in 11.62.
St. Fort will compete in the Pan Am Juniors in Edmonton next week and was expected to get word on Wednesday whether she was selected for Trinidad’s IAAF World Championship team.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Andre Torres has taken on the added responsibility as Chaminade’s Athletic Director after leading the Lions’ boys’ basketball team back to prominence.
Torres (104-38 in six seasons at University School) before Chaminade to a 22-7 mark last season, was courted by several schools before ultimately deciding the AD position was too good to pass up.
▪ Former Pine Crest boys basketball coach David Beckerman is returning to Hamden Hall (Connecticut), which he led to eight New England State championships before turning Pine Crest into a state power. Beckerman led Pine Crest to three state titles and helped develop Brandon Knight, who recently signed a five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Suns, into one of the nation’s top prep prospects.
▪ McArthur shooting guard Terrell Turner is climbing the recruiting boards after competing in the Nike Elite 100 camp and Under Armour All-American camp. The 6-5 junior to be is ranked No. 9 in his class by Sourcehoops.com and #3 by Future150.