It's Osborne's Time

Dutchtown went 10-0 last year and expectations are equally high this year, as the Griffins return a mix of experienced starters and talented newcomers to the lineup. TE Alec Osbourne may be a first-year starter, but he's also on college recruiters' radars after turning in stellar performances at multiple camps and combines...

"I was stuck behind a senior at tight end last year, but now I'm going to get a chance to show what I can do," said Alec Osborne (6-3.5, 210, 4.6). "This summer, I'm camping with Louisiana Tech, ULM, Northwestern State, ULL and Tulane. I'm also going to the Ultimate 100 in Dallas.

"I went to Tech's camp at St. Amant High School. I like their coaches, but they don't really use my position -- tight end or H-Back -- in their offense.

"ULM's camp went very, very well. Their coaches came by the school during spring training and liked what they saw. I think I really impressed their tight ends coach at the camp. He told me to get my weight up to 220 pounds and drop off my senior highlights with him."

Osborne, who also mentioned Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Central Florida and Missouri as schools of interest, had an excellent showing at the Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine.

"I don't mean to sound cocky, but I refer to that (NUC) as my 'coming out party,'" he explained. "I was able to run as fast as the cornerbacks and jump as high as them. That let me know I can play college ball."

Osborne knows it will be difficult to replace RB Effrem Reed, who signed with the UL Ragin' Cajuns.

"Effrem was absolutely phenomenal," said Osborne. "He was the pulse of our team. If we needed a play, he would make it. He put the team on his back in the (double overtime come-from-behind) East St. John game.

"People are talking about Landon Collins playing running back and he will, but Landon will be a part-time back. There's only so many snaps he can take at both safety and on offense. The wear and tear on his body would be too much for him to play every down.

"We bring back Mason Nickens, who is similar to Leon Blouin (now at Tulane). Mason was a wide receiver last year, and he'll be our starting quarterback. He's not really tall and he's not really big, but he's just a football player."

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