Future Buff Morell Osling III embracing defense

After making plays as a quarterback earlier during his prep career, Colorado commit Morrell Osling III has been shining as a defensive back and wide receiver this fall.


It was a bumpy start to the campaign for Osling and his Antelope Valley teammates as the Antelopes dropped two of their first three games. After that, though, they won seven straight league games to end the regular season 8-2.

We are really fired up right now,” said Osling, who joined Colorado's commitment list shortly after the Buffaloes' BBQ event in July. “We just won league for the first time at our school since 2005 so it has been a good year. Our long-term goal is to win the state championship, though, so that was just the first step.”

Antelope Valley will host Muir in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 9 playoffs on Friday evening.

Osling actually began the campaign at quarterback before moving to receiver. He accounted for 799 yards of offense in the regular season, and on special teams he returned two punts for a touchdown.

It is Osling's potential on defense, with his long 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame, that prompted the Buffaloes to offer him a scholarship. He worked out at cornerback for Colorado's coaches during the spring evaluation period, but this is his first year playing defensive back in games.

At first it was kind of rough getting into the hang of things but I have worked really hard so it is becoming more natural,” Osling said. “I am starting to have success covering receivers who are really good so I have a good feeling about this switch going into college. It is for the better.”

Osling has kept in weekly contact with Charles Clark since committing to the Buffaloes, and Colorado's cornerbacks coach recently made a trip out to watch him in person.

Coach Clark said he was pretty impressed watching me,” Osling said.

Osling shut down his recruitment and is not considering any other schools. He attended the Buffs' game at USC and said he enjoys watching videos of “The Rise” online.

It is good just to see everything they were talking about coming true. They talked about how they were up-and-coming and now they are ranked really high,” Osling said. “It is a good feeling just watching the team I am about to be on have so much success.

They were a powerhouse back in the day and the type of family atmosphere they have built around the program is what really sold me on Colorado. No other school that offered me had recruits put me in a group chat the same day I got my offer and started talking to me like I have known them my whole life. I just feel like it is a family bond.”

Osling plans to take his official visit to Colorado on Dec. 9 with some of the Buffaloes' other defensive commits, including Jon Van DiestNate Landman, Carson Wells and Chase Newman.

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