Auburn’s last prep offensive tackle commit came back on June 18th, 2016 when Austin Troxell chose the Tigers over the Tide. Well it was until now. Today, 3* OT Justin Osborne announced he plans on being an Auburn Tiger in 2019.
After some thought on where I was going to go next in life, I knew deep down in my heart Aubrun was the right place for my family and I. I am proud to say I am recommitting to Auburn University!! WAR EAGLE! pic.twitter.com/uapkJ1yNn5— BIG_J (@Justin_Osborne6) June 24, 2018
Osborne took an official visit to the Plains last weekend. There wasn’t a ton of news about how that trip went until Tuesday when Osborne announced he was stepping away from his TCU pledge. Osborne is now Auburn’s 3rd flip of the cycle following Jamond Gordon (Ole Miss) and Jaren Handy (LSU).
According to AuburnUndercover’s Keith Niebuhr, Osborne measured in at 6’4” 300 lbs at Auburn last weekend. More importantly, however, he reportedly had an arm length that measured 35 inches. That means that while Osborne isn’t 6’5”+, he’s plenty long enough to play the offensive tackle spot. He’s light on his feet and isn’t afraid to finish blocks. His ability to get out in space and make a block really stands out. The Tigers often ask their guards and tackles to have to block great defensive athletes in space to setup screens. Like most high school offensive lineman, he will need to improve his footwork at the next level, specifically in pass pro but there’s no denying the fact he possesses the tools to be an SEC starter one day. It will be exciting to watch him develop under JB Grimes’s tutelage over the next 3-4. Osborne could also slide inside if needed.
It's been a busy weekend for the Tigers. First landing a commitment yesterday from Jashawn Sheffield. Then this morning losing Cordale Flott to LSU. Now Auburn finishes things off on a positive note with Osborne's commitment. Never a dull moment on the recruiting trail.
I really like where Auburn sits as we approach July and there are still some major fish to be caught. By the time kickoff comes around don't be surprised if this class is almost full.
War Eagle Justin!