Oseland weighing his options

Oseland weighing his options

Quinn Oseland has a simple explanation for why his blond hair has transformed into curly locks that fall below his ears and cover his forehead.

“Just growing it out right now,” said Oseland, the Class of 2015 offensive tackle recruit from Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. “I see all the players in college that have long hair hanging out their helmets, and I want that.”

Oseland will most likely get the chance to play Division I football and have long hair.

If he chooses to keep it.

Illinois gave the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Oseland his first offer in late October, and he added an offer from Minnesota on Wednesday after the Gophers paid him an in-school visit.

He also has offers from Northern Illinois and Toledo, but has stayed active in making sure he has researched other schools.

This past fall he took visits to Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

“I don’t think there’s anywhere that I would just say, ‘I’m going there,’ because I want to take all schools into considerations,” he said. “Seeing everywhere will help me know what everyone has and the differences in the colleges.”

Oseland, a special mention News-Gazette All-State pick in 2013, is a right tackle for the Cyclones, who won the Class 5A state title in late November.

But he’s protecting the blind side of left-handed quarterback Gabe Green, a Class of 2015 prospect and First Team News-Gazette All-State pick who is receiving interest from several Big Ten schools, Illinois included.

Oseland — who was in Champaign-Urbana last weekend for an Illinois junior day event and has Illinois offensive line coach A.J. Ricker as his lead recruiter — said he doesn’t have a problem if colleges want him to play left tackle or right tackle.

Oseland has an SHG teammate in his ear quite a bit about Illinois. Class of 2014 wide receiver Malik Turner will sign with Illinois on Feb. 5.

“The big fella is good with his hands,” Turner said. “I’m always talking about (going to Illinois), but he’ll decide on his own.”

Oseland said he isn’t in a hurry to settle on a school.  

“I’ll go through this spring and see how (recruiting) goes,” He said. “Then I’ll decide if I want to go to camps this summer. I probably won’t make my decision until August at the earliest.”

Oseland didn’t indicate if he has a favorite at this point, but Illinois seems in a solid spot.

“I’ve grown up going to Illinois games and watching Illinois games,” Oseland said. “Going there, it feels like home because I know the coaches and everybody there. I know Champaign pretty well, so that helps out a lot. Coach Ricker is a relaxed guy, and the thing I like the most about him is he’s honest with you. He shoots it straight.”

So does Oseland, who is eager to see how Illinois — and other schools recruiting him — fare in 2014.

He isn’t used to losing, having just completed a perfect 14-0 season with the Cyclones.

“I’ll have to sit back and look at how Illinois does and how things go this next season for everybody,” Oseland said. “That will definitely probably play into my consideration because going somewhere that doesn’t really win will probably be tough from where I’m coming from. Then again, if I go someplace big, like Illinois instead of a place like Northern Illinois, just for an example, they might be able to hone my skills better and work me out better. There’s pros and cons for everything.”

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