Tongo Moves Up the Charts

<b>Osahon Tongo</b>, a linebacker from Illinois, has seen his stock take off in March and he received his first Big Ten scholarship offer last week. Tongo, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, from Naperville (Ill.) North has not only impressed recruiters in the Midwest, but Tongo will also visit one of college football's big boys next weekend.

"Miami invited me down for a junior day on April 16th and I'm definitely going down to visit them." Osahon Tongo said.

"Northwestern offered me a scholarship last week and that was exciting. I got the chance to sit in on a linebackers meeting and I really liked Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald a lot. I also had the chance to sit down and talk with Coach (Randy) Walker and I enjoyed that.

"Later this month (April 23rd), I'll be going to Champaign for the combine and I'll also check out the Illinois spring game on the same day.

"My favorites are Northwestern, Stanford, Miami, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Purdue, Louisville and Nebraska. Northwestern would probably be my leader because they have offered me a scholarship."

Tongo is a hot name in Illinois right now. He's a prospect that could start the Spring Evaluation period with one offer and by the end of May have 10 offers under his belt.

Tongo and his family are very big in academics and that will probably play a big factor into his decision. Osahon carries a 3.56 GPA in the classroom.

In 2004, Tongo recorded 60 solo tackles, 4 caused fumbles and 2 sacks. Osahon is known as one of the most devastating hitters in the state of Illinois. Talk to an opposing coach of Tongo's and the first thing you'll hear is "He Brings It!".

EXTRA POINT - Academics are very important to the Tongo family. Osahon's parents wouldn't mind seeing their son attend an Ivy League school. Speaking with Osahon, I get the feeling he's looking for a strong academic school but he also has aspirations to play football past the collegiate level and he's looking for a school known for their linebackers and putting those linebackers in the league. Nebraska could be a player come December. Naperville North head coach Larry McKeon has a son, Corey, that plays linebacker for the Huskers.

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