Following a strong junior season this past fall, Joseph Ossai has emerged as one of the top edge defender prospects in Texas for the 2018 class.
Ossai said defensive line coach Karl Dunbar recruits him for the Crimson Tide, while offensive coordinator Chip Long recruits him for the Irish. In addition to Thursday's two new offers, Ossai holds offers from programs such as Baylor, Colorado, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, and several others.
"I'm just happy to get an opportunity to go and play at different schools," Ossai said. "The more opportunities I have, I get to make a better decision. I can look at all the things they offer education-wise and football-wise."
Ossai enjoyed a breakout junior season with 46 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 8 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-4, 217-pounder regularly emphasizes that academics are a big factor in his recruitment.
"The coaches explained to me that they have a great graduation rate," Ossai said of Alabama. "They must be doing something right with that. I'm going to check out their computer science and engineering programs."
Ossai is likely an outside linebacker prospect in Alabama's base 3-4 defense.
Multiple aspects stand out to Ossai about Notre Dame.
"Great academics and me and my family are huge Catholics," Ossai said. "So a Catholic background, great education, and great football."
Ossai said he wants to visit Notre Dame and Alabama this offseason, along with as many of the schools that have offered him as possible.
"All these schools I'm going to check out and put them through my process," Ossai said, "and give everyone a chance."
In even-front defenses, Ossai is a prototype weak-side end who can bend the edge. In an odd front, Ossai is likely best-suited for a standing edge position as a hybrid outside linebacker. He possesses an outstanding frame that should add significant positive weight, and he plays with fast, violent hands at the point of attack.
Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Ossai's recruitment and development.