CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The only thing Marquill Osborne might have more of than talent is confidence. The Scout No. 2 ranked cornerback in North Carolina is fast, physical and not afraid to let you know it. He’s also a firm Tennessee commit, one who has gone from being recruited to actively recruiting others to join him in Knoxville.
Osborne participated in The Opening Charlotte on May 9 and spent some of his on-field time trying to lure players like Scout four-star wide receiver Diondre Overton and four-star defensive end Josh Brown to Rocky Top.
“I keep it simple, just how are you doing, just a regular conversation with them,” Osborne told InsideTennessee. "I ask them what their recruitment is looking like and I say just keep Tennessee in mind. I keep bugging them a little bit like a gnat.”
The 5-11, 185-pound cornerback, who just received an invite to the Under-Armour All-American game, has been a Tennessee lock since September 6 and that hasn’t changed despite his offer list piling up. Florida extended a scholarship opportunity to Osborne just days before The Opening Charlotte and, while it was surprising, it did nothing to change his mind.
“That was out of the blue. I never talk to Florida like that. It’s been chill since I committed,” Osborne said.
“I guess people think they can out-beat Tennessee, so I’m just chilling. I don’t think they can. I really don’t think anybody can.”
The No. 69-rated overall corner in the 2016 class was entranced by how new everything on campus seemed. From the coaches, the players, to the facilities, everything shined with a fresh sparkle that mesmerized him from the first time he stepped foot on campus.
“When I got there, I’m like ‘Wow.‘ My eyes are big,” Osborne said. ““It’s new: New coaches, everything’s new. You just can’t beat it.”
Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and special teams coach Mark Elder continually talk with their Hough High School star. Elder even shot him a text before The Opening Charlotte to wish him good luck. It’s a strong relationship that has already been developed, and one that has Osborne feeling mighty confident about his choice to be a Vol.
“I feel really good. I feel like I made a good decision for myself and what’s best for me,” he said. “I’m locked down. I’m solid. I’m a solid commitment.”