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August 13, 2013

Bosa wants to make noise in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Most Ohio State fans know Joey Bosa as the four-star defensive end who's supposed to help replenish a depleted Buckeyes defensive line. But back home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Bosa is known for another area he excels in: the musical field.

Despite being a highly sought after football recruit, Bosa managed to pursue another passion of his, taking up DJing as part-time hobby. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder insists that playing football is still his first love, but being a disc jockey -- particularly in the world of electronic dance music -- isn't far behind.

"I'm a big music guy. I've loved music all my life. I just look up to them and it seemed like an awesome thing to do and I thought I'd try it, so I just got into it," Bosa said. "A lot of people, that's what they know me for, before football. But, it's definitely a big part of my life. Not as a career -- football always comes first -- but music is my second love."

Now in his second week of fall camp with the Buckeyes, DJing and 'EDM' are being forced to take a backseat for Bosa, who on Monday had his black stripe removed, signifying that he is "officially" a part of the Ohio State roster. The St. Thomas Aquinas product has already been praised by head coach Urban Meyer, who stated "I imagine he'll play this year" while talking about the freshman defensive end on Sunday.

Through the first week of his college career, Bosa has primarily backed up Adolphus Washington at the Buckeyes' strongside defensive end position, but he's also spent some time playing inside at defensive tackle. While practicing 'dime' packages with only three defensive linemen on the field, the OSU coaching staff has placed Bosa between Washington and Noah Spence, in an effort to get their best pass rushers on the field simultaneously.

"They just want me, because I'm a little quicker, to get me in on those third downs," Bosa said. "Obviously Noah and Adolphus are great pass rushers, and they want me to be another quick threat."

Despite being a native of Florida, Bosa said that coming to Ohio State was a no-brainer. Recruited by defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, Bosa got a feeling during his first visit to Columbus, and just like a catchy song, he couldn't shake it.

"Just everything. That's what I just tell everyone," he said when asked why he chose to play for the Buckeyes. "When you know, you know. It's just a feeling you get."

While he's only a freshman now, a senior season could prove to be especially special for Bosa, with the Buckeyes targeting his brother, 2016 defensive line prospect Nick Bosa. Asked if there was another Bosa in the Ohio State pipeline, Joey responded: "It's a possibility."

Should the news come that both Bosa brothers will be lining up for the Buckeyes in 2016, that would be music to Joey's -- and Ohio State fans' -- ears.



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