Two-Deep Breakdown: OL David Osei
Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today ScarletReport.com looks at junior David Osei, who is in a competition for the starting left guard spot. Past Experience — Osei came into the program projecting as a center and took over the job as one of many to try to replace Ryan Blaszczyk at the position. Osei experienced mixed results, struggled with the calls and snapping duties associated with center, and eventually moved to tackle. The challenge for Osei, who became a starter last year, has been finding a position and that will continue through training camp with emerging playmakers at tackle and center. As a Recruit — A quick verbal offer after the loss of interior lineman Mark Brazinski to California, Osei proved a valuable pickup for Greg Schiano. Osei ranked in as a two-star guard in the Class of 2009, but was a superstar wrestler under Hall of Fame coach Jeff Franko. Osei joined eventual offensive linemen Andre Civil and Antwan Lowery in the recruiting class. Spring Performance — Osei continues to bounce around between tackle and guard after not working out as a center to start his career. His raw athleticism and developing skill keep him pushing for first-team reps at all times. Set to battle with Lowery for the left guard spot this summer, Osei comes off a solid spring as he continues to search for his home on the offensive line. Does Well — Osei is a former wrestler with versatile athleticism and impressive strength. He has impressive leverage in pass blocking and the strength to face off and hold his own against any defensive linemen out there. Needs to Improve — Osei is solid, but not spectacular and has room for improvement as a run blocker. Learning guard after time at center and tackle, Osei needs to improve his mobility as a pulling guard and improve his burst off of the line of scrimmage. Long-Term Outlook — Too athletic and too versatile to disappear, look for Osei to eventually find a home at one of the five spots on the offensive line. Osei has already exceeded many expectations as an under-the-radar recruit and can continue to do so with a strong training camp under Flood. The first step has to be outworking Lowery and sophomore Taj Alexander at guard and earning a spot with the first team.