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Baylor Offers JUCO All-American DT DeQuinton Osborne

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Andrew Billings' early departure for the NFL left the Bears scouring the JUCO ranks for potential help at DT. Did we just find some?

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Earlier today, I remarked on Twitter that it was unusual that we hadn't seen any new 2016 offers go out recently.  It turns out, I only needed to wait a couple of hours for the Bears to offer former Missouri DT DeQuinton Osborne, who, according to his HUDL page, was MVP this year of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, one of the best in the country.

It's not hard to see why Baylor would suddenly be interested in the JUCO All-American DT from Kilgore Junior College, who is currently committed to UCF.  With All-American DT Andrew Billings leaving for the NFL*, Baylor needed one, if not two immediate contributors at defensive tackle.  We had one already in Jeremy Faulk, who committed to Baylor in December, but the coaches apparently decided that we need another.

*A decision I wholeheartedly support, by the way.

Because Osborne's size varies widely depending on source, it's hard to know exactly where he might slot in should he decide to flip to the Bears. That uncertainty is only exacerbated by the fact that in the video below, Osborne plays DT, LB, and DE at various times.  In a perfect world, since  Faulk appears likely to play the 3-technique in our system alongside Andrew Morris and Byron Bonds, Osborne could play the nose (where Ira Lewis was slotted behind Billings for the Russell Athletic Bowl).  We'll just have to see when/if he commits and joins the program this coming summer.