Feature photo courtesy of Morrell Osling III.
Morrell Osling III has plans to play quarterback for a major college football program in hopes of living out his NFL dream. Osling is a dual threat quarterback and an emerging jumping star for the Antelope Valley Antelopes (Lancaster, CA). When he’s not on the gridiron or track runway torching teams with his arm and legs, Osling is leading by example and bringing the best out of his teammates.
“On the field, I try to be the best I can and I push my teammates to their maximum abilities and just be the open ear that people can talk to because I know a lot of them go through stuff outside of school,” he said.
Osling is a bright individual who prides himself on his academics. As a result, helping his teammates reach the same level of success is a priority of his.
“I have a 3.7 GPA. Last semester, I had a 4.4 overall GPA with my AP classes added,” he said. “We have after school study hall so I help my teammates who are struggling academically get their GPAs up.”
The 2015 outdoor season was the first true season Osling committed to jumping.
“[I] started triple jumping in the middle of last season, in the league track meet, and I actually did pretty good. After that, I started becoming in love with the triple jump and started doing my research about it and started to like it,” he said.
Although he has seen success thus far, he feels that it is just the start of what he knows he can accomplish. He believes that he can still improve.
Osling’s goals coming into the season were to make it to states, jump 50 feet in the triple jump, and improve his mark in the long jump to 23 feet. So far Osling has broken the Brooks Mt. SAC Relays meet record and school record with 48 feet (14.63 meters) in the triple jump. He has also jumped 20 feet, 10.5 inches (6.36 meters) in the long jump.
He is currently ranked as the number four triple jumper in the nation, according to Mile Split under legal WIND/FAT restrictions. Osling has not received any college track and field scholarship offers thus far but he has received interest from numerous schools including University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Osling is using the sport of track and field to up his game in football. He wants to work on his legs and improve his speed for the upcoming season and beyond.
“I’m working on my feet constantly, getting my feet faster; I’m keeping my endurance, my speed, [and] staying in shape. I’m always being active and not just sitting around waiting for my season to come back around. I’m keeping my cardio up [by] running so it plays a big factor,” he said.
Although Osling enjoys track and field, football is his first love and ultimate passion.
“I play football first,” he said. “It [track] is a sport that keeps me occupied and in shape and expands my horizon to meet new people and go places that I’ve never been before and do things I’ve never done before.”
On the field, Osling likens himself to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Texas Christian University (TCU) grad Trevone Boykin.
“The quarterbacks that I compare my game to are Trevone Boykin and Deshaun Watson. We’re kind of like the same type,” he said. “I’m kind of like a dual threat, I like to run and throw to keep the defense on their toes.”
Deshaun Watson is a sensational dual threat quarterback entering his third season at Clemson. Watson is a born winner and leader of men and widely considered as the epitome of dual threat quarterbacking. Despite missing 5 games through his first two years at Clemson, Watson has amassed 5,570 passing yards to go along with 49 touchdowns and 1,305 rushing yards to go along with 17 rushing touchdowns thus far at Clemson. Watson is six feet two inches and 205 pounds. He is superior at his position; he has elite athleticism to go along with great fundamentals, consistent accuracy, and a beautiful deep ball.
Trevone Boykin was another electrifying quarterback at TCU that terrified defenders with his arm and legs during his collegiate career. Boykin amassed 7,474 passing yards and 64 touchdowns as well as 1,319 rushing yards to go along with 18 rushing touchdowns in his final two seasons at TCU. Boykin was a six foot, 212-pound dual threat with quick-ball handling, arm and accuracy talent.
Morrell Osling is six feet two inches and 180 pounds. He runs a 4.6 40-yard dash and has a 37-inch vertical. He describes himself as a dual threat quarterback who can beat you with his arm and legs, as well as his smarts.
“I’m smart on the field. I have my speed and my legs, I can move around the pocket and not just sit there but instead keep the defense on their toes,” he describes.
Osling capped of his junior campaign by leading his team to the playoffs and finishing the season with an 8-4 record. In that same season, he made First Team All-League and First Team All Valley and racked up 2,238 passing yards, rushed for 711 rushing yards, and accumulated 29 total touchdowns (21 passing and seven rushing).
Video courtesy of Morrell Osling III.
Although he has had a very successful junior campaign, he feels that his game is not where he wants to be at the moment, he plans to continue working on his arm strength. He knows that he can accomplish this with his mentality and work ethic.
“I want to work on my arm strength and getting my deep ball better. Once I have that down pat, I can be a very effective quarterback,” he said. “I’m always mentally dialed in, always in the gym and always working.”
Osling has been having a great college football recruiting experience so far and has been using it as motivation to keep going.
“It’s going pretty good; I’ve been talking to a lot of coaches. I talk to coaches almost every day and talk about how good I am. It’s inspiration to keep going,” he said.
He has received two scholarship offers from UNLV and Dartmouth and has also received interest from numerous schools including: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Oregon State.
When asked where all of his drive and motivation comes from, Osling says: “My coach, my family, my teammates.” He is quick to give all of the credit to his family, teammates, and coaches.
“My parents, the way they raised me, they just tell me not to give up on anything. My coaches, they push me, they are always out there, 100% percent committed to every player out there so I don’t want to let them down. My teammates, they all keep the same shoulder as me,” he explains.
Osling thanks his coaches for all they have done for him, but he knows that his work isn’t done yet. He is going to keep playing the game that he loves at a high level for the family and friends who have been with him since day one, pushing him to be the best that he can be on and off the field.
“My coaches right now, they are doing an excellent job of crafting and building me to become a better man and not just a good football player,” he said. “I’ve been playing [football] my whole life. I can’t stop, I have to keep going for my family and my friends because they believe in me and they are my motivation to keep going.”
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