Romero Osby Recruiting Update

Northeast Lauderdale High School small forward Romero Osby, ranked the 31st best player and 4th best small forward in the Scout.com class of 2008 rankings, talked about how his recruitment is going.

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As far as calls are concerned, he's receiving them from colleges throughout the nation.

"Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Memphis, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU ... I don't know, there are so many of them that are calling me," said Romero.

Several schools called him the first day college coaches could call.

"The first day, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Alabama and I believe Memphis called me," noted Romero.

Although he suffered a wrist injury that limited his AAU play this past summer, numerous schools kept a close eye on him prior to his injury.

"I played about four or five AAU tournaments," said Romero, who is now 100% healed. "I saw Kansas, Tennessee at many games, Mississippi State at a lot of games, Alabama was at a lot of games, Memphis was at a lot of the games, Virginia at a lot of games, Florida at a lot of games. There were so many schools there."

As for unofficial visits, he's taken in a few the past couple of years.

"Last year, I took one unofficial visit to Georgia Tech on their prospects day," explained Romero. "I also took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State earlier this year. Those are pretty much the only unofficial visits that I have taken. I also went to Alabama for a basketball game my ninth grade year. I went to Mississippi State for a couple of basketball games last year."

Romero has already received seven verbal offers.

"Florida State, Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss have offered," said Romero. "They are all verbal offers. When they talk to me, they say they just want to let me know that they have a scholarship with my name on it."

Who offered first?

"Mississippi State offered me at a camp of theirs when I was going into the ninth grade," said Romero with a slight chuckle. "(MSU assistant) Coach (Robert) Kirby said they had a scholarship with my name on it. It was a verbal offer. It made me feel good. It showed me that my hard work was paying off."

Although it's still in the early stages of his recruitment, Romero has his eye on several colleges.

"This is not in any certain order, but I'm interested in Georgia Tech, Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut and that's pretty much it," said Romero.

But before any fans of other schools think their team is out of the picture, Romero offers hope.

"If any other schools show interest in me that I like, then I would probably give them a try, although that's not saying I would go there, just that I would show interest in them," he said.

Romero led his team to a 63-49 victory over Bay Springs High School in their first game of the season Thursday night. Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury and assistant coach Robert Kirby were in attendance.

Look for additional updates, including video, throughout the season on Romero.


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