Why 49ers DE Nick Bosa keeps exceeding expectations

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard about Nick Bosa: The sideline by the west endzone of St. Thomas Aquinas high school.

I was covering preps for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, watching his older brother Joey — now one of the best players in the NFL — wreck some poor, comically overmatched offensive lineman. Joey was operating at half speed, if that, and he was absolutely dominating the game. A man amongst boys, he was a clear-cut, no-doubt-about-it five-star player — the best defensive prospect in South Florida, one of the best players in the nation.

And the second-best prospect in his family.

The don of South Florida recruiting coverage, Larry Blustein, laughs when he recalls the comment he made to me from that corner of the field in 2012:

Yeah, Joey is really good, but his brother Nick is even better.

The conceit of the statement wasn’t that the younger Bosa would be better than Joey — it’s that he already was. Nick Bosa was in eighth grade at the time.

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