Michigan’s Rashan Gary arrived in Ann Arbor as the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Nick Bosa entered his first year at Ohio State as the nation’s No. 9 prospect and the brother of a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes.
And just past the midway mark on the season, both defensive ends are proving why they received a large dose of hype before their college careers began. Pro Football Focus believes the duo have been among the most impactful true freshman in the nation this season, listing Bosa fourth and Gary sixth in its ranking of the nation’s top 10 true freshmen.
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Bosa, who is tied for the Ohio State lead with 4 sacks and tied for second with 6 tackles for loss, is the top-graded freshman edge defender in college football, according to Pro Football Focus.
“An uptick in playing time in recent weeks has shown Bosa’s potential as he’s been Ohio State’s best defensive lineman during that time. He’s now the top-graded freshman edge defender and he’s leading Buckeyes’ edge defenders with an 83.4 pass-rush grade. He’s picked up 25 pressures on the year (4 sacks, 2 QB hits, and 19 hurries) while showing well against the run at 80.5. The comparisons to his brother, Joey, are inevitable, and Nick is living up to those lofty expectations to this point.”
Gary, a former 5-star recruit, receives similar marks, with his overall grade ranking just behind Bosa.
“Gary has been a key part of Michigan’s deep defensive line rotation since Week 1 and he continues to produce when given the opportunity. His overall grade ranks right behind Bosa among true freshmen and his 86.3 pass rush grade leads the way as he’s notched two sacks, six QB hits, and nine hurries on only 101 hurries. Gary has lived up to his immense hype through seven games and he’s one of a few true freshmen who will have a direct impact on the College Football Playoff.”
Gary and Bosa were two of the most coveted recruits in the 2016 class, ranking inside the top three of the ESPN 300. And as their grades in this ranking display, they’ve already become vital contributors for a pair of College Football Playoff contenders.