- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
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At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Joey Bosa of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas is hard to miss in offseason combines. Put the Ohio State commit in front of a trembling offensive lineman and the defensive tackle comes into his own.
Most often the best player in high school camps, the senior could be one of the best in St. Thomas Aquinas history. At least according to Raiders coach Rocco Casullo, who is no stranger to having All-Americans.
"We've had some All-Americans in the past and it's quite an accomplishment," Casullo said. "If you look at the defensive line position, Geno Atkins is one of the most recognized names to come out of St. Thomas Aquinas and now he's starting for the Cincinnati Bengals.
"I think Joey is one of the more complete defensive linemen to ever come out of here as far as size, strength and his work ethic. He's pretty special."
And on Thursday, the No. 46 overall prospect in the ESPN 150 received his jersey as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game, which will take place in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.
He did it in front of a select gathering and accepted his jersey with a mountain of humility.
"You look at all the awesome players that are in college now that played in this and it's great," Bosa said. "I know former teammates that I played with that were in this game. It's just an honor to be recognized as an All-American. I'm super excited to play in it. It'll be a real test of how good I really am."
Being around the best is nothing new for Bosa as his father John was a first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins at defensive end in the 1987 NFL draft. Throw in his brother Nick, who already has an Ohio State offer as a freshman, and Bosa is all about the game. It's a family the senior defensive tackle embraces and feels no pressure from as he continues to hone his trade.
"It's good to have someone who played at the highest level being my dad," Bosa said. "I can ask him questions to make me better.
"It helps a lot. I have great coaching here at school, but I can go home and he can critique me on things that maybe my coaches missed."
His 50 tackles -- a team-leading 14 for loss -- and eight sacks don't look like a lot, but those numbers came in seven games as he has battled injury this season.
Bosa's versatility stands out even more, with Casullo putting his standout senior at every position on the defensive line.
It's led to another playoff appearance for St. Thomas Aquinas at a school known for its football prowess.
"Just his presence alone is tough for an offensive lineman to deal with," said Casullo.
"You can't tell me they don't have in the back of their head that they have to go up against Joey Bosa on Friday night. He has a huge effect in the game. He's huge for our defense and huge for the psychology of the opponents."
As for playing at the next level, Bosa is taking things one day at a time.
"Hopefully the future is bright," Bosa said. "As long as I can keep working hard I should be OK."