Since the issues began coming out about Baylor University and with some of the incoming players as well as 2017 commitments changing their allegiance fans at a lot of schools have wondered if their school would benefit. On Monday, Oklahoma State hosted D.Q. (DeQuinton) Osborne, a defensive tackle who had signed with Baylor out of Kilgore Junior College in the 2016 class.
Osborne sought and received his release and has been looking at schools such as Texas Tech, New Mexico, and others. The 6-0, 310-pound Osborne said he stopped the recruiting cycle today at Oklahoma State and committed to the Cowboys.
"Yes sir, I visited Oklahoma State," confirmed Osborne, adding that he had just finished eating a steak dinner and was on the road back home to the Dallas area. Osborne played his high school ball at South Grand Prairie and then began an odyssey that will lead him now to Oklahoma State.
"I liked the coaches and the campus is beautiful," he added. "I can see myself playing football here the next two years and enjoying being at the school. I enjoyed everything about my visit. Yes, I am happy to know where I am going to be playing football and going to school for the next two years."
Osborne came out of South Grand Prairie as a late qualifier and was signed in the summer before his freshman season by Missouri. He was at Mizzou a year and redshirted and then left on his own to attend Kilgore Junior College. He posted huge numbers for the Rangers. His freshman season in 2014 he had 66 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, nine sacks, a pass deflected, an interception, and a fumble caused. His sophomore season last fall he had 61 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, a pass deflected, and another interception. He is nimble enough to drop in zone blitz schemes and is athletic for a 310-pounder.
He earned first-team NJCAA All-American honors last season and was voted by the coaches in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference as the Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-SWJCFC performer.
Osborne signed in February with Baylor but when the situation unfolded recently asked to be released rather than report to the Baylor campus this summer.
Osborne told me that he will now report to Oklahoma State on July 6 and take classes during the second semester of summer school and participate in the strength and conditioning program leading up to fall camp.
Oklahoma State has a good depth situation at defensive tackle but this will give them another veteran inside defender for the 2017 season after losing seniors Motekiai Maile and Eric Davis after this season.