NEW ORLEANS – Joey Bosa is one of the few players that got away from Nick Saban’s recruiting machine.Offered a scholarship by Alabama’s head coach when he was just 15 years old, Bosa obviously was impressed.“They were my first offer so I was kinda star struck almost,” Bosa, Ohio State’s star defensive lineman, said Monday afternoon. “I fell in love with them pretty quickly. Their whole staff was awesome to me. We had a pretty close relationship. I was pretty close to committing there but I gave it some time and ended up here.”Bosa, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said he visited Tuscaloosa “two or three times.”“I always loved it when I went there,” he said. “I was 15 and I didn’t take any other visits. My question in my head, how could it get better than this? Me and my dad both asked ourselves that.”Instead of jumping on the Alabama bandwagon, though, Bosa and his family held back from committing.“We needed to take some time and finish this process and here’s where I ended up,” he said.When asked how he told Saban he wasn’t coming to Alabama, Bosa laughed.“I didn’t,” he said. “I just didn’t tell him yes.”Saban and company missed out on a talented, 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive lineman who was a unanimous All-America pick this season. He has 50 tackles, including 20 for loss and 13.5 sacks, and was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.According to Ohio State linebacker Curtis Grant, Bosa has a motor that never stops on the field.“He’s an animal,” Grant said. “He brings a lot to the defense. He is a dynamic player. I don’t know what else to say about him. He plays his heart out each and every Saturday.”Bosa’s biggest play this season was forcing a Penn State fumble in the second overtime, allowing the Buckeyes to escape with a victory. Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell likes to move Bosa around to free him up and avoid double teams.That has Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s attention. He’s also noticed the energy with which he plays.“First off, Bosa is an issue,” Kiffin said. “Very long, strong player. Relentless. Effort player, so we have to know where he is. They do a really good job of moving him around. I think that’s missed. People talk about his numbers and what a good player he is. He’s a great player but they do a great job of moving him so it’s difficult.“He’s inside. He’s right. He’s left. He’s off the ball. He’s on the ball. So I feel like what they’ve done with him on defense is kind of what people do on offensive guys, skilled guy. They move him around, make it hard to find and they’ve done a great job with that.”Alabama running back said he didn’t know who Bosa was until receiver Amari Cooper returned from some awards shows and told him.“He was at the award (shows) and was telling me how big he was, and how he filled out his whole suit,” Yeldon said. “I watched film on him. He’s good. He does the right technique all the time. We have to focus on him and the whole d-line to get us going.”Bosa might be relentless on the field, but he said he’s not a high-intensity guy before games.“I’m motivated enough personally and for my team, so I don’t need to get riled up,” he said. “Definitely before a game I am the most calm person in the whole locker room. I like staying focused and not blowing all my energy. When I am calm and not all worked up, I play my best.”Given its status as a 9-point underdog in Thursday’s Sugar Bowl, Ohio State will need its star defensive player at his best.
It is important to note that statewide, the 2015 baseline grades do not include learning gains, which are an important part of Florida’s school grading formula. This is due to 2015 being the first year of the administration of the FSA. For this reason, the state is also reminding the public that the 2015 baseline school grades should not be compared against previous years’ results.“We are committed to providing a high-quality education to all students. Our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff are working hard each day to deliver rigorous, innovative and supportive learning environments in our schools,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “While there were significant issues associated with the state’s implementation of the 2015 FSA, we are continuing to analyze data, sharing best practices, and maintain our focus on doing what’s right for students.”Highlights of 2015 Baseline School Grades for BCPS:BCPS maintained its proportion of “A” grades, despite the change to the more rigorous standardized assessments and school grade criteria.Among the traditional schools, the number and percent of “A” grades increased from 63 (30 percent) to 69 (33 percent).One school, Tropical Elementary School, increased its grade by two letter grades to obtain an “A” in 2015.Despite the change in assessment and grade criteria, nearly two-thirds (125 schools or 61 percent) of BCPS traditional schools maintained their grade from the prior year.Overall BCPS earned a “B” grade, the same grade as in 2014 and an improvement from 2013. Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released the 2015 baseline school grades, which are based on the administration of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) taken by students in the Spring of 2015. The state also released District grades, with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) earning an overall B grade in 2015, under the state’s new standards and school grade formula.
“They are a really good team and it will be a good test for us,” he added. “It’s perfect for us to play that game last. I didn’t expect that before, to play already qualified.“I have a lot of respect for the way they play.“Of course it will be tough but it will be good. Hopefully people will enjoy it.” “In Glasgow they played so aggressively, they played quite well,” he said. “My impression of the team is really good.“I don’t know what my colleague [Brendan Rodgers] is going to do tomorrow because they have no chance of going through in the Champions League or to the Europa League but it was a good impression with their wingers. Not just Dembele but Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair.”City have had ups and downs themselves through the group stage but are already through to the knockout stages. The English side can’t take first in their group and Guardiola seemed to be looking forward to a relaxed night with nothing but pride at stake. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has spoken of his respect for Celtic ahead of the Champions League match between the sides on Tuesday.Brendan Rodgers takes his team to the Etihad Stadium for their final group stage game with no prospect of reaching the knockout stages or the Europa League. One of the highlights of the campaign so far was a thrilling 3-3 draw with City at Celtic Park, however, w which left an impression on Guardiola.He reflected on Celtic’s attacking approach as he prepared for the return match.