Joseph Ossai was a two-time all-district and academic all-district honoree for Conroe Oak Ridge High School in the greater Houston, Texas area. In addition to the above, Ossai was named a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Houston in 2017. Ossai was also ranked 15th overall in the Houston Top 100 by the Houston Chronicle.
Ossai was a consensus four-star prospect out of the state of Texas. Additionally, Ossai ranked 140th in ESPN’s Top 300. Prior to selecting the University of Texas, Joseph Ossai had offers from LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M. Ossai committed and signed his letter of intent in February of 2018 and enrolled later that year in June.
In 2018, Jospeh Ossai played in 14 games, including two starts, for the Texas Longhorns. He finished the season with 20total tackles, including one sack and a forced fumble. The 2019 season put Ossai on the map as he had a breakout season for the Longhorns. Ossai started all 13 games for Texas and compiled 90 total tackles, 61 of them solo. In addition, he finished with 13.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks on the season.
Prior to the 2020 season, Joseph Ossai was named to the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, and Lott IMPACT Trophy preseason watch lists.