Tongo Talks Hoosiers

Naperville (Ill.) North linebacker Osahon Tongo talks about his recent visit to Indiana, and the prospects of him winding up in a Hoosier uniform.

With the 2005 season concluded, the Indiana Hoosier coaching staff turns its attention to recruiting some players to fill some major holes. One of the primary focuses will be the linebacker position, where Indiana loses starters Kyle Killion and John Pannozzo, along with part-time starter Josh Moore.

Indiana already received good news with the commitment of Will Patterson, a 6-1, 215-pound linebacker from Indianapolis Lawrence North H.S., who committed after attending Indiana's game of the season against Purdue. But Patterson wasn't the only linebacker prospect at the game.

Also at the Bucket Game contest was 6-2, 223-pound inside linebacker Osahon Tongo from Naperville (Ill.) North, who took in the game on an unofficial visit to the Bloomington campus.

"It was nice," said Tongo about his visit to Indiana. "I liked the whole atmosphere and the crowd was definitely into the game. It was a pretty live game. I met with some of the coaches. I met with (Assistant Head) Coach Bill Lynch and (Linebackers) Coach (George) Ricumstrict. I met some of the academic supporters, too."

Indiana was the fourth visit for Tongo, who also made trips to Notre Dame, Boston College and most recently Georgia Tech.

"Now that I've been to Georgia Tech and Indiana, now I'm just sort of waiting," said Tongo about his recruiting process.

Tongo added that Indiana has long been one of his top five schools and the trip did nothing but help the Hoosiers recruitment.

"The trip definitely helped Indiana," said Tongo. "I liked the atmosphere, the crowd support and the coaches. I had a good trip. It was pretty exciting seeing Indiana play their rival. It was sure better than what I was going to do that day. A lot better." Top Stories