Time is on His Side

Chicago area standout Osahon Tongo is one of the Midwest's top linebacker prospects, with eight scholarship offers - including one from the Hoosiers. What's the latest with Tongo's interest in the Hoosiers and others?

When it comes to making the most important decision of his young life, Illinois linebacker and IU recruiting target Osahon Tongo wants to make the right decision.

"Hopefully by the end of this season I'll have my top five schools narrowed down and then I'm going to take all of my official visits before I decide," said the 6-2, 223-pound Naperville (Ill.) North senior. "I want to find an atmosphere and a school that really feels right to me."

With his high school season already underway, Tongo has put all thoughts of picking a college on the back burner and worrying about his team first. Tongo currently has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Stanford, Boston College, Indiana, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Illinois.

Tongo is hoping to help his prep team improve on a very successful 2004 campaign, when they went 10-1.

"I hope to make some trips to schools this fall," said Tongo. "But I have to work around my team's schedule because we watch film on Saturday mornings. I just have to work some games in around that. The season is going all right. We had a rough start (Naperville North lost to Neuqua Valley 33-14 in its opener Friday night), but it's early and we'll turn it around."

Tongo, who made 60 stops last season and caused four fumbles, has no clear cut favorite, but Indiana has grabbed his attention.

"I still don't have a list of favorites right now because I want to weigh all of my options before I make a choice," said Tongo. "I need to find the right fit for me.

"I have gotten a lot of mail this summer from different schools. Indiana has been sending me a lot of mail. Indiana is still on my list because they have such a good business school. I know I want to major in business so the school's business program is going to be very important to me."

In addition to his exploits on the football field, Tongo is an excellent student as well. He has a 3.6 GPA and recently scored 26 on the ACT.

With Tongo growing up in the Midwest and already garnering offers from three Big Ten schools, he is trying not to choose a school based solely on location.

"The Big Ten is definitely a really good conference," said Tongo. "It's one of the best in nation. But right now I don't really have a favorite conference. I'm just looking at each school individually. I want to see what each school has to offer me as far as football and an education."

And what does Tongo have to offer the schools?

"I consider myself a well-rounded linebacker," said Tongo. "I like to hit hard, but I run to the play every down. That's part of our team's philosophy – we finish out every play because you can never know what's going to happen."

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