ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
WITH A FATHER AND AN UNCLE WHO
played defensive line in the NFL and an older
brother who appears to be headed that way,
too, Nick Bosa was seemingly born to be a
football star. So far, he has not disappointed.
As a 6-foot- 4, 265-pound senior defensive
end for national power St. Thomas Aquinas in
Fort Lauderdale, Bosa been a starter since
his freshman year, when he was a 215-pound
middle guard on a state championship team.
“That year was a lot of fun,” Bosa said. “I got
to play with my brother, and he gave me a lot
His brother is 6-foot- 5, 280-pound Joey
Bosa, who was a freshman starter at Ohio
State in 2013 and a first-team All-American
and a national champion as a sophomore.
He is expected to apply for the NFL Draft
after the 2015 season, so don’t expect Joey to
play with Nick anytime soon.
Their father is John Bosa, a 6-foot- 4,
270-pounder from New Hampshire who played
at Boston College and was a first-round pick,
No. 16 overall, in the 1987 NFL Draft by the
Miami Dolphins. He played three years in the
Nick and Joey’s uncle is Eric Kumerow, a
6-foot- 7, 265-pounder, who was also the
No. 16 pick in the NFL Draft, one year after
John Bosa. Kumerow played three years for the
Dolphins and one for the Chicago Bears.
Football is clearly this family’s business
and Nick Bosa has done his part. He started
playing pee-wee football at age 7, and he blos-
somed last season with 29. 5 tackles for loss.
Nick is expected to follow the footsteps of
his brother – and uncle Eric – by playing for
“I like Ohio State on its own merits,” Nick
Bosa said. “But the main factor is going to be
the defensive line coach and how comfortable
I am with him.”
RAISED LOVINGLY BY HIS AUNT DONNA
and uncle Dexter, inside linebacker Shaquille
Quarterman appreciates more than most what
it’s like to be surrounded by people you can
trust. Perhaps that explains why he remained
at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park – a
school that was just two years old when he
entered as a freshman.
The football program had no track record for
success at the time, going through two football
coaches in two years before Derek Chipoletti
arrived to provide stability.
“Shaq had chances to go other places,
to private schools that are football powers,”
Chipoletti said. “But he chose to stay here and
The construction plan started to resemble
something magnificent last season when Oak-
leaf went 10-0 in the regular season, finishing
12-1 after a playoff loss to Niceville.
More good things figure to come this year for
Oakleaf, which boasts the 6-foot, 240-pound
Quarterman in the middle of its defense.
“Other teams know we are somebody to
deal with now,” Quarterman said. “I made a
great decision to stay. I have friends here that
I’ve known since Pop Warner football, and I
couldn’t dip on them.”
Quarterman said he will show the same
loyalty to the Miami Hurricanes. He is a Canes
commit and plans to enroll in January.
He would be following in the cleat marks
of another Oakleaf linebacker who became a
Hurricanes player – Darrion Owens, a 6-foot- 3,
240-pounder who will be a sophomore this
“Darrion always gave me an unbiased
opinion every time I had a question about
Miami,” said Quarterman, who wants to
work in the medical profession, initially as a
registered nurse. “I’m a loyal person, and I feel
like we can help turn Miami around and bring
it back to being that hard-nosed football team
QUARTERBACK WOODY BARRETT ARRIVED
at West Orange High School in Winter Garden
as a skinny 6-foot- 3, 200-pound sophomore
who had passed for just four touchdowns the
previous year at Orlando Evans.
Now, he’s a 6-foot- 3, 235-pound dual-threat
QB with multiple scholarship offers, including
Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
“He hit the weights this offseason and
transformed his body,” said coach Bob Head,
who arrived at West Orange the same year
as Barrett. “His arm strength and velocity are
Barrett passed for 27 touchdowns last sea-
son, including two in a 45-31 regular-season
win over eventual Class 8A state champion
Apopka. It was West Orange’s first win over
Apopka in 15 years.
“Woody freaking dominated that game,”
Head said of Barrett, who completed 12 of 22
passes for 237 yards and ran for 107 yards
and two TDs.
Unfortunately for West Orange, Apopka
came back to beat the Warriors 42-0 in the
Head said Barrett “had a bad game” in the
rematch against Apopka, but the senior will get
a chance at redemption this season.
West Orange returns seven starters on
defense and seven on offense, including one
of the biggest and best offensive lines in the
state and wide receiver Eddie McDoom, who
has more than 20 college offers.
The Warriors graduated two star running
backs – Dexter Williams, who signed with
Notre Dame; and Jalen Julius (Ole Miss).
But the Warriors, 21-3 combined in the past
two years, are an emerging force, and Barrett, who wants to study business in college,
believes it will be his job to lead.
“We can only be as good as I push us,” he
said. “I can’t let the guys slack off.”
What’s Barrett’s goal for 2015?
“Come on now,” Barrett said, scoffing at a
question that has such an obvious answer,
“States, of course.”