by Lee Brecheen
October 28, 2011 – Every year, there are kids in Louisiana and all over the United States that are under the radar in recruiting for several reasons. In nearby Baton Rouge, at Dutchtown High School, there’s a kid named Alec Osborne who stands 6-3 and some change, weighs 215 to 220 pounds in weight, and runs a legit 4.6/40.
Alec is under the radar for many big schools because he’s a Tight End in a running offense that might throw the ball under 8 to 10 times a game. Dutchtown has some of the best young Wide Receivers in the state of Louisiana, and it’s hard to get the ball a lot as a Tight End in this offense. Dutchtown has a ground game that at times is unstoppable with Landon Collins, the number one player in Louisiana, getting the ball, and a really good running QB.
If you see Alec block in practice like I have, and you’ve see him over the last two years catch passes, and you see his speed, you know he’s a DI player that will blossom in college. Sean Osborne, Alec’s brother, played football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and stood 6-6, 285 pounds in college, but Sean only weighed 245 to 250 in high school as a Defensive End at Dutchtown. Alec, just like his brother Sean, is a late bloomer with great feet and a great work ethic. He will weigh 245 to 250 pounds in two years in college at 6-4 and running a 4.6 to 4.7/40, which gives you a great vertical Tight End for any offense. I love his hands and speed for a big kid as his biggest strength for a college prospect.
Once Alec gets that weight he will also become a dominant blocker and push a lot of people back. In 2011 he has had his share of good blocks, and it’s scary how good he will be in that department once he completely fills out in a college weight room.
This is a kid also that has big time grades with a ACT score of a 26 and 3.6 GPA at Dutchtown High School. I know from talking to Alec that his goal is to have at least a 28 ACT by February and possible a 30 ACT when it’s said and done.
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We hope you enjoy the interview with Alec Osborne below by writer Mark Clements.
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
AO: Current height, I’m 6’3” and a half, 215-pounds and I run a 4.61 forty.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
AO: Actually I’m originally from South Carolina.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
AO: Carolina Panthers and Florida Gators.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
AO: My seventh grade year.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
AO: Yeah, all my uncles and my dad played. My older brother played for ULL from ’09 to last year. He had to cut it short because of an injury, but he played the prior three years.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
AO: I run the 400 in track.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions besides Tight End?
AO: I play rush end every now and then but Tight End mostly.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
AO: If I had to compare myself to someone it would be Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers. I like the way he plays the game and I like how he’s savvy about himself.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most this season?
AO: My strength as a player is my athleticism for my size and just now must I want to win and hate to lose. My one thing I would improve is just my blocking. It’s gotten better, but you can never been too good of a blocker.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
AO: Yeah, this past summer I went to every in-state school except LSU. I went to Northwestern State, Southeastern, ULL, ULM, Louisiana Tech and Tulane, and I attended a National Underclassmen Combine in Dallas.
LAFM: Have you heard from any coaches or received any offers?
AO: I’m hearing from right now, ULM, ULL, McNeese and Northwestern State and I’m close to getting offers from those schools.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list
AO: Of the schools recruiting me, it would probably be ULL just because my brother went there, but if one school were to recruit me, it’d be Missouri. That’s the place I’d love to go play.
Is playing close to home a big factor in your recruitment?
LAFM: Is playing close to home a big factor in your recruitment?
AO: To be honest, I love my family, but it’s a matter of, I’ve got to go to a place where I can stay in four or five years and it’s going to make me a better person and better player. It would help if it was close, but it’s not the biggest factor.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
AO: Anything from Kinesiology to Sports Medicine to Business.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
AO: There was a few receiving numbers, but mainly it was just to make All-District, All-Metro and All-State. There was not really a set stat number. Our team goal always starts with to win District championship. We don’t start worrying about the Dome until we start the playoffs because that’s a whole different season.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
AO: Probably the St. Amant game just because they tried to frame us for writing a letter and tried to make us look we’re bad people. We have to give them their beating.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
AO: Last year we played East St. John. We were down eight with about a minute left and our running back took a screen pass 80 yards. We got the two-point conversion and we ended up beating them in overtime to with the District Championship. That was easily the most memorable.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
AO: I have a 3.6 core GPA and I got a 26 on the ACT.