Osborne Signs On For Football At NMMI
By TYLER GRAHAM
Reprint courtesy of the Lovington Leader
No player played as large a roll in Lovington’s most recent football championship run than Eric Osborne. The senior middle linebacker led the Wildcats on the field and in the locker room in a year when defense mattered more than it has in Lovington in years. Now, Osborne will take both his leadership and playing skills to the next level. On Thursday afternoon, he signed a letter of intent to play football at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.
“It feels awesome,” said Osborne after signing his letter. “Not a lot of people get the opportunity. I just thank God for giving me the opportunity to keep playing football.”
Osborne will get the chance to contribute to a NMMI squad that finished the 2011 season with a 9-3 record and a trip to the Heart of Texas Bowl.
“They’re what I’m used to. They’re structured,” Osborne said of why he chose NMMI. “You can go to a four-year school and you might sit so long, but I don’t want to stop playing. I want to be able to play now.”
He also added that after completing his two years at NMMI he would like to pursue the chance to play football at one of the four-year service academies.
“I’m very pleased that a school like Institute was interested in Eric and offered him a scholarship,” said Lovington head coach Jaime Quinones. “He’s earned it and he’s worked for it and seeing him get to go to the next level is very exciting. I’m just looking forward to going and watching some football.”
Coach Quinones also said he expects big things from Osborne in his continued football career. “I think the sky is the limit,” he said. “Obviously at the next level the size and speed are much different, but I think he’ll adjust to it and he’ll continue doing what he’s done for us here at the next level.”
“Not only was he my voice on the field, but he just lead by example. I remember against Anthony we weren’t playing very good against a team we should’ve been destroying,” Coach Quinones continued. “I called him out and in the second half he got them ready to play.”