Texas LB Osagiede not yet a done deal for OSU

THE VERBAL COMMITMENT of Sule Osagiede to Oregon State sounds like it isn't a done deal just yet, with Tulane remaining in the mix. Meanwhile, what the 6-1, 195-pound Texan linebacker out of Lamar Consolidated did on the field this year is made all the more remarkable when you consider that he did it while playing with an injured knee.

"He's an outstanding football player and I know wherever he chooses to play he's going to be very successful, at either one," said Lamar head man Lydell Wilson.

The "either one" reference is to Oregon State and Tulane. Wilson declined to elaborate on Osagiede's reported verbal to Oregon State since his understanding was it wasn't yet decided. The Beavs, it has been reported, may want him to grayshirt. Meanwhile, a Tulane education and scholarship offer is also on the table.

"He needs to talk to his folks a little more," said Wilson.

Meanwhile, Osagiede took home the 24-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player as the Mustangs captured the Div. I-4A State Championship last weekend. He did it with a torn ACL, said Wilson.

"He has a motor. He played all year with no ACL. And he made plays -- (he was) Defensive Player of the Year. He's a special talent," said Wilson.

Osagiede will have offseason surgery to repair the ligament. Generally, when the injury is limited to the ACL, the standard rehab time following surgery is 6-9 months, which would put Osagiede ready to go in August.

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