Morrell Osling, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete from Lancaster (Calif.) Antelope Valley, added the Colorado offer to previous offers from Nevada, UNLV, Fresno State, Northern Arizona, Idaho, Northern Colorado, Dartmouth and San Diego.
“[Buffaloes safeties] coach [Joe] Tumpkin flew out to watch me perform some drills at defensive back this spring and I guess he liked what he saw. They kept evaluating me and then decided to offer,” Osling said.
“Colorado said they like that I am long and can over ground, and that I have great feet,” he added. “Given that I have played at quarterback, they want to develop me at cornerback because they think I have a lot of potential there. They said they have had a lot of success with quarterbacks coming in and playing corner over the years so they said it would be a great opportunity for me.”
Osling, who earned first-team all-Valley and first-team all-league honors as a quarterback during his junior campaign at Antelope Valley, plans to take a trip out to Colorado in the near future. He is also looking to possibly visit Fresno State and UNLV before making a commitment.
“Colorado right now,” Osling said when asked if he has a recruiting favorite. “The tradition they have really stands out, even though they are building. We are actually building at my high school right now so I can relate to that. The fact they play in the Pac-12, such a great conference, you can't beat it.”
Fresno State is recruiting Osling as an athlete. The Bulldogs have told him he could compete at quarterback but if it didn't work out there, he would play wide receiver for them. He is also open to the idea of playing cornerback.
“I don't really care what position I play in college,” he said. “Wherever the coach needs me to play, I'll play it. If he needs me to go play kicker, I'll go kick the ball. Whatever I can do to help the team win is what I want to do.
“I am actually going to play defensive back, too, this year. I am raw but once I start committing myself to playing cornerback, I know I'll pick it up and get better and become a star at it. I am coachable, I find that is the most important thing, something that gets lost in football nowadays. You have to know the coaches want to put you the best situation to perform at your highest ability.”
Osling showed off his explosiveness in track and field, winning a state championship in the triple jump. He had a person-best jump of over 49-feet this spring.
“Over the track season, I got my legs a lot stronger because you have to be strong for the triple jump,” he said. “I feel like I have a lot of balance now going into this upcoming season. I have never worked harder than this year, so it is going to be a great senior season.”