Class of 2018 standout Austin Osborne could commit early to PAC-12 power

Photo credit: Craig Takata/OC Sidelines

While most college football programs are already hitting the ground running with offering scholarships to the Class of 2017 standouts, 2018 wide receiver Austin Osborne of Mission Viejo is already thinking ahead with where he wants to go.

The 6-foot-3 target said on Saturday, Feb. 13 that he’s strongly considering accepting Oregon’s scholarship pledge. The Ducks extended their offer to him in Jan. 2016 and they currently stand as his lone Football Bowl Subdivision offer. Osborne competed at the Passing Down 7-on-7 So Cal regional in Fontana this past weekend and spoke about where he stands with Oregon’s pledge.

“Committing soon is actually an option,” Osborne said. “That’s my dream school.”

Osborne captured the attention of the Duck coaches with 18 touchdown receptions and averaging over 24 yards per catch for the 16-0 Diablos. He became one of two Diablo sophomore sensations to land an early scholarship opportunity from the PAC-12 powerhouse.

“I got called into class one day and my head coach Bob Johnson was there. He said Oregon offered me and Olaijah Griffin at the same time. They (the other Diablo coaches) told us that Oregon has seen our Hudl films and that they were going to offer us,” Osborne said. “Time really stood still for me when that happened. So I was honored and blessed to receive that offer.”

Osborne added that no other schools have sent him letters or camp invites. He’s currently fine tuning his receiving skills by connecting with Team OC Elite; a club football team founded by former Fresno State wide receiver Kevin Morton. Osborne used his size and speed to his advantage at the Fontana tournament – catching footballs in traffic and showing a ridiculous acceleration after the catch which made it look like he can wear the Duck uniform right now.

Osborne said he prides himself on work ethic and saying no to arrogance.

“I feel like every great football player becomes the best when no one is watching,” Osborne said. “It’s all those countless hours of putting in work with your team from Monday to Sunday. Plus I’ve been raised to never be a cocky person. I’ve been raised to be humble. At the end of the day, though, I’m going to do my job and not let the other person do theirs. When I’m on the football field, I’m all business.”

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Lorenzo Reyna

Lorenzo Reyna hails from the California's Central Coast, but has a bevy of experience with covering some fast-rising athletes from all over the Golden State. He's a former sports editor for The Reedley Exponent newspaper. His other credits include scout.com and nflevolution.com.


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