"It was nice," Ellington said. "They made me feel at home. I felt real comfortable with the coaches."
"I was really impressed with the basketball game," Sanni added. "We got to sit courtside, it was really impressive to see them play Illinois."
At the game, Sanni had a few minutes to catch up with a friend of his, Iowa's power forward, Cyrus Tate, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate himself.
"I got a chance to talk to (Tate) during shootaround for a bit, but then he got into game mode," Sanni said.
Both players play WR for Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) HS. Ellington caught 56 balls for over 1,000 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. He also added two rushing touchdowns. Sanni split time between receiver, where he collected 35 passes for 700 yards and 100 rushing yards; and defense where he picked up 6 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 2 sacks and 85 tackles.
The talented duo said they may end up at the same school, but it's not a must.
"At first we wanted to go to the same school," Ellington said. "In the end we'll probably have to just see where we end up at."
For both, academics is first on the list of importance.
"First thing is education," Sanni said. "What's going to benefit me after football. After that, where I'm going to be able to play. What position they're trying to make me play. Some schools want me at receiver, some want me at safety. Education is definitely first."
Sanni and Ellington are hearing from many of the same schools. Both players are hearing from Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Sanni is also receiving attention from Notre Dame, Minnesota, Penn State, and Georgia Tech. Sanni also holds an offer from Illinois.
Both players are looking to narrow down their list before their senior season begins, but neither is in a big hurry to make a decision.