With recruiting for the class of 2014 in full swing and the class of 2013 signees already arriving in Columbia, the Missouri Tigers pulled a surprise with a last minute commitment for the 2013 class today.
Ft.Worth (TX) South Grand Prairie DT DeQuinton Osborne 6'0"300 had been on an official visit to check out the Tigers the past couple of days and decided to join the team ShowMeMizzou.com has learned.
Missouri just started recruiting me last week," said Osborne." Coach Stec has been my recruiting coach, and I and up there and loved what I saw. When I arrived I felt like I was at home already. Just the family atmosphere and how the coaches are and players. I also love the defense they run and how it is uptempo and the linemen get up field.So, I committed today." Osborne did not sign in February because he had yet to meet NCAA qualifications to do so. He choose the Tigers over Nebraska, Texas Tech and Utah State.
DeQuinton knew when he spoke with Coach Pinkel that he was ready to be a Tiger.
Coach Pinkel asked me what I thought of Mizzou and said that they wanted to offer the chance to come play and go to school there. So, I told him I appreciated the opportunity, and he asked if that meant I was ready to be a MIssouri Tiger, and I said yes, I was. He was very excited and welcomed me to the family," said Osborne.
The 300-pounder told me he recorded in the area of 55 tackles and 5 sacks last season. He described himself as a player.
"I am never satisfied. Mentally, I have already won in my mind when I line up against you. Physically, I lay my body out on every play and am physical and bring high intensity against you. I give everything for my teammates," he said.
DeQuinton said the chance to play for a team who has a record of putting defensive linemen in the NFL caught his attention, and he was grateful for the chance to play at such a high level.
He has a few more things to wrap up before heading to Mizzou.
"I finish up my last week of school and then walk across the stage and get my diploma, and then I arrive at Missouri on June 10th ready to compete. My goal is to work hard to play as a freshman and help my team anyway I can. I am already referring to us as we."