As TCU was closing their class of 2018, they were still focused on the next one, and picked up a big commitment towards the end of National Signing Day in three star offensive tackle Justin Osborne.
Osborne, who hails from Flower Mound, spent two seasons at Marcus High School, but now plays for the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. He has been hotly pursued by the Power Five, holding offers from 14 schools, including Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss. TCU was in on him early, extending an invitation last summer, but Osborne chose to take his time in choosing a home. That being said, TCU was always on his radar, according to the interview he did with 247’s Jeremy Clark after committing.
“Everyone is respectful there and very down to earth,” Osborne said. “I’ve been dreaming about the school since I was little; I always had that in the back of my mind.”
Further helping TCU’s cause was the success they had during their 11-3 season. Osborne spent plenty of time watching them throughout the season and says it made his interest in the Frogs grow even stronger.
“It increased it a little bit. It showed a lot about their character just watching them on T.V. and how they act on the sidelines and how they react in pressure situations,” he said. “It helped me with my decision even more.”
Osborne certainly looks the part, standing 6’4” and weighing in at a staunch 275 pounds. He could certainly compete for a starting job on the offensive line from day one, and the coaches have told him he will get that opportunity. Rated the 41st best tackle in the country currently, his star (and star rating) will likely rise over the course of his senior season, when the spotlight will be on him more at IMG.
Justin is the fifth commit for the Frogs in the class of 2019, and the first offensive lineman - he joins cornerbacks Williams Jones and Donavann Collins, linebacker Wyatt Harris, and athlete Dee Winters on the list. TCU currently sits at #2 in the Big 12 and #13 in the overall class rankings.