Focus '06 - Osahon Tongo (LB)

The class of 2005 in Illinois will be a tough one to follow up but things are shaping up nicely in the Land of Lincoln. There's still plenty of talent in Illinois to go around and prime prospects are surfacing on a daily basis. Check out this super linebacker from the Chicago suburbs.

Osahon Tongo, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound, linebacker, from Naperville (Ill.) North has emerged as a "Top 20" prospects in the Land of Lincoln.

Tongo was moved up to the varsity at the end of his sophomore year and his head coach says he has what it takes to play at the D-1 level.

"(Osahon) Tongo is the real deal," Naperville North coach Larry McKeon said.

"The thing about Osahon that nobody knows is that he was only 6-1, 195, when we started the football season and he just hit a growth spurt during the season and it hasn't stopped.

"Osahon is about 6-3 now and we weighed him in at 220-pounds. He's just got it, you know what I mean? Tongo brings it at the point of contact.

When he hits the ball carrier, you can hear the crack and you see their head fly back. He's a special player.

"Tongo plays inside for us but I think he will be a sam (strong side) backer in college. If he keeps growing, I can see him even being a rush end.

"Osahon was the only junior that I had starting on defense and he'll be our team captain next year. He loves the weight-room, he hits the books hard (3.6 gpa) and he's going to make someone very happy."

Coach McKeon, a former all-state football player himself at Joliet (Ill.) Catholic, played his college football at Illinois. Coach McKeon's son Cory plays linebacker at Nebraska.

Coach McKeon told that several schools are showing serious interest in Osahon Tongo including Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame and Northwestern.

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