Ohio State DE Joey Bosa to declare for 2016 NFL draft

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Joey Bosa is going to the NFL.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Thursday morning that his star defensive end would play his final college game in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame on Friday.

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Bosa, a junior, has 47 total tackles in 2015. Sixteen of them are for loss and five of those were sacks. He also had one interception. He's been one of Ohio State's best defensive players and commands double-teams by many of the Buckeyes' opponents.

As a sophomore last season, Bosa had 13.5 sacks and 55 total tackles as the Buckeyes won the College Football Playoff. He was suspended for Ohio State's first game of the 2015 season because of a violation of team rules.

His departure from the team isn't a surprise. Bosa will likely be a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He also joins teammates Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott in declaring for the draft. Jones, who began the season as the starting quarterback but is now backing up J.T. Barrett, made the decision to return to school for 2015 after quarterbacking the Buckeyes in the CFP.

Bosa was a four-star recruit and the No. 4 strongside defensive end in the class of 2013, according to Rivals. There will still be a Bosa on Ohio State's team in 2016, however. His brother Nick, the No. 2 strongside defensive end in the class of 2016, is a five-star recruit and has committed to the Buckeyes.

For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!