Defensive end Joey Bosa has been in the inner sanctums of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Alabama coach Nick Saban, and he said yesterday that when Saban pushed the button on his office desk, it was a little intimidating.

Defensive end Joey Bosa has been in the inner sanctums of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Alabama coach Nick Saban, and he said yesterday that when Saban pushed the button on his office desk, it was a little intimidating.

"Especially when you're 15 years old sitting in his office, and he clicks his button (on his desk) that automatically closes his door," Bosa said, referring to a summer camp he attended in high school. "I had no shirt on because we'd just had camp, and I had a little towel on, just like this," he said, hunched over.

Saban offered him a scholarship, and Bosa said he came close to committing before talking it over with his father, John. They decided to return to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to see what else might come his way. Eventually, more offers came, including from Meyer.

Now, Bosa and the Buckeyes, No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, are preparing for No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

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Despite Ohio State being a nine-point underdog, the sophomore All-American said the Buckeyes match up well with the Crimson Tide in talent.

"Definitely," Bosa said. "Personnel is definitely not a problem when we look at the matchups."

Meanwhile, he said he was honored to become the 27th unanimous Ohio State All-American after being named to what are considered the five top postseason teams: the Football Writers Association, the Associated Press, Walter Camp, the American Football Coaches Association and theSporting News.

He is the first unanimous selection for Ohio State since linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2007.

"Obviously, I go out there and just try to do my best every week," Bosa said. "And being rewarded for it feels real nice."

Who's next?

Although Meyer is concentrating on the Sugar Bowl, he said he also is giving thought to what he will to do after the playoffs in replacing offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, who this week was hired to be the head coach at Houston.

"This is a big hire," Meyer said. "The good thing, I've had (line coach Ed) Warinner. I'm not going to release any (details), but I've got plans. I want to keep evaluating the next couple of weeks, but there is a short list."

Warinner, who is co-coordinator and called plays and coached quarterbacks at Army and Kansas, didn't want to get into politicking for the job. Herman will remain through the playoffs and continue calling plays.

"We haven't talked about anything other than how to beat Alabama and how to manage ourselves through this game," Warinner said.

On the mend

Hybrid back Dontre Wilson, who has not played since suffering a broken foot on Nov. 8 against Michigan State, probably has a 50-50 chance of playing against Alabama, Meyer said. He added that nickel back Armani Reeves, shaken up against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, could return to on-field work when the Buckeyes resume practice on Saturday for two days before taking a Christmas break.


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