It’s been brought up a few times on this site and on pretty much every Auburn message board you can find that Auburn has struggled to recruit offensive tackles in recent cycles. In the 2018 class, Auburn did not land a single underclassmen though they did snag a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility left in Jack Driscoll. So far in the 2019 class, offensive tackle has been the one spot Auburn has not had a strong start. 5* Wanya Morris chose Tennessee over Auburn, instate 4* Amari Kight picked the Tide over the Tigers and just this past weekend 4* Xavier Truss committed to UGA just hours after visiting the Plains.
But Auburn’s offensive tackle fortunes could be changing. This afternoon on Twitter, 3* OT Justin Osborne announced he was stepping back from his pledge to the Horned Frogs.
decommit statement. pic.twitter.com/DW3RceWBVD— BIG_J (@Justin_Osborne6) June 19, 2018
Osborne was on campus this past weekend for an official visit and has emerged as a top target for the Tigers. The 6’4” 275 lb offensive tackle prospect transferred to IMG Academy this offseason from Flower Mound, TX. What jumps out when watching his tape is his light feet, long frame and nasty punch. He’s athletic enough he could play at guard or tackle at the next level but given Auburn’s need on the outside right now, he’s probably being looked at as a tackle.
You would have to think with the timing of his decommit that Auburn is now in the driver’s seat to land the talented tackle prospect. But him reopening his recruitment might also open the flood gates for other top programs to try and get involved in his recruitment. Especially now that he attends IMG which is a must stop for every college recruiter. But there’s no doubt this is a name to monitor over the coming months. Could the Tigers be closing in on their first underclassmen OT commit since Austin Troxell in June 2016?