Mission Viejo (Calif.) sophomore wide receiver Austin Osborne held just two Power Five offers from Oregon and Washington when he woke up Thursday morning. By the afternoon that changed suddenly thanks to a with Michigan passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch.
“I was in my Spanish class and I got a call to go into my head coach’s office,” Obsorne told The Michigan Insider. "My coach was like, 'call this number on my phone.' I called the number and said my name and it was Coach Fisch from Michigan. “He said that he watched my film and after the first 10-15 plays, right away I reminded him of Eric Decker. I was like, 'wow!' He told me he had the opportunity to coach him. He said,' you remind me so much of him.' He’s a great athlete and I thanked him. He also asked about my grades and I told him I had a 3.8 GPA.”
“At the end of the conversation he said that they love how I play and want to offer me a scholarship to Michigan. Right when he said that, I kept saying to myself, 'University of Michigan, University of Michigan.' I told him that I was absolutely speechless and so honored you reached out to me, but I really just kept telling him how speechless I was because I truly was. Getting an offer Michigan is unbelievable and is really special to me. It is really humbling and makes me want to work even harder.”
Coach Fisch’s comparison to Decker, a standout receiver for the New York Jets, definitely caught the Golden State pass-catcher off guard.
“I have never been compared to an NFL receiver at all,” said Obsorne. “When he said that I reminded him of Eric Decker, my jaw literally dropped. Eric Decker is one my top favorite wide receivers, so it was kind of ironic, but I was absolutely blown away. To be compared to Eric Decker was just really special.”
Osborne is also very excited about his Michigan offer because of the opportunity he would have to learn and play under Wolverine head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“It is kind of funny, but Jim Harbaugh is really good friends with my head coach and there was a satellite camp at Mission last year, so I had the opportunity to meet Coach Harbaugh,” said Obsorne. “I shook his hand and he looked at me and said, “keep working”, so that was cool for him to say that to me. It is really cool that Harbaugh has a reputation. Not a lot of coaches can give NFL experience to their players. He gives great knowledge he learned from the NFL. He has that reputation for developing his players for the next level too.”
While the 6-3, 175-pounder’s recruitment is still in the beginning stages, his latest offer from Michigan is definitely one he plans to take a closer and more personal look at.
"Obviously, Michigan is a huge school and they are everywhere,” said Obsorne. “I have five official visits, so I honestly planning on taking one there for sure. I’m only an sophomore right now, so it is tough to say (exactly where the Wolverines are on my list), but they are up there for me.”