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4-Star DE Hunter Osborne ‘shocked’ by Alabama offer

Hunter Osborne poses for picture after Heitt-Trussville practice

Hunter Osborne’s recruitment has been on fire for several months.

The Hewitt-Trussville defensive end had 13 D1 offers in August, and his offer list has more than tripled in size since then.

“It has been a blessing,” Osborne told Touchdown Alabama. “I like to think of it as a blessing because I know there is not a lot of people in the position I am in. I am just taking it step-by-step and looking at all my options, weighing all the pros and cons.”

Alabama football extended an offer to Osborne Saturday, becoming the 45th program to do so. The junior was in a state of shock when Nick Saban told him he had a verbal offer from Alabama football.

“We were making some rice with the nutritional department,” said Osborne. “The director of recruiting called me over, and he told me coach Saban wanted to see me in his office. We were talking ball, and he cut straight to the chase. He told me they were going to offer me. At first, I was shocked. I had to really process it. I did not really process it until I got out of his office. My mom and I just look at each other, and I asked, ‘Did he really offer me?’ It is truly a blessing.”

Alabama’s defensive line coach Freddie Roach has been building a relationship with Osborne since watching him camp in Tuscaloosa in June. Saban has had multiple conversations with the four-star prospect as well.

“He is the G.O.A.T coach,” Osborne said. “I have nothing by high remarks for him. He is the best of the best, and he develops the best of the best. Saban has sent the most guys to the NFL. There are no negatives to coach Saban.”

Osborne is listed at 6-foot-4 and weighs 260 pounds. The Huskies use the long prospect primarily at defensive end. He plays extremely well in space and has shown an ability to stack-and-shed. He also has good backside pursuit and knows how to time the quarterback’s release of the football to knock the ball down at the line of scrimmage.

Saban feels Alabama can use Osborne in a similar way to how they used one of the former defensive ends.

“They feel they can use my size and frame as a true hand in the ground type of end sort of like Jonathan Allen,” said Osborne. “That is the guy he used as an example. He feel I can come in at around the same weight, and they can develop my game to resemble his.”

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Alabama is now in the running for one of the most highly-touted prospects in the 2023 recruiting class. It will be interesting to watch schools from across the country battle it out for one of Alabama’s best.

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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

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