Naperville (Ill.) North junior inside linebacker prospect Osahon Tongo (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) took a few minutes on Tuesday night to talk about his "wonderful" weekend unofficial visit to the University of Miami (Fla.) for the Hurricanes Junior Day last Saturday.
Tongo's weekend actually started with landing his second scholarship offer from the University of Illinois last Thursday.
"Before I left for Miami on Friday, I received a scholarship offer from the University of Illinois," Tongo said. "It was the start of an incredible weekend for me, that's for sure."
Tongo talked about landing an offer from the Illini.
"It was really nice to get an offer from Illinois. I've spoken with Curt Mallory before and he seems like a really down to earth kid of coach. My defensive coach (Sean Drendel) was actually coached by coach Mallory, so I know that coach Drendel has been helping me and has been talking me up to coach Mallory. I'm heading to Illinois this Saturday to check out the spring game and to tour the campus and the facilities. I'm looking forward to talking with the coaches at Illinois on Saturday."
Tongo just raved about his weekend visit to the Hurricanes.
"Miami was just wonderful, I loved it. Just the entire atmosphere at Miami was impressive. Miami is just a great location and the campus is in a great setting. I was surprised at how much smaller the campus and the school was, which was a good thing. I expected this gigantic school, but I was impressed at the smaller size of the campus."
"On Friday we arrived in Miami, and we basically just checked into the hotel and relaxed. Saturday was the junior day at Miami. I was able to talk with linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves and defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, and I also talked with head coach Larry Coker for a few minutes on Saturday. I also had a chance to tour the facilities and the campus, plus I also was able to check out the business school. The facilities are really nice, plus it's hard to ignore those national championship trophies just shining in the trophy case. We also had a tour of the Orange Bowl, and it's just huge. I also had a chance to talk with linebacker Romeo Davis and a few other players at Miami. Everyone at Miami was just so down to earth all weekend long and everyone was just really friendly as well. The coaches said that they were impressed with my junior tape and that they would be calling my coaches soon."
"On Sunday I was able to go to the Miami Heat game and I got a chance to see Shaq in person. There is just so much to do in Miami, like going to a basketball game or just heading down to the beach. It was just crunk. The weekend overall was wonderful and I'm really glad that I had a chance to see what Miami has to offer."
When asked if he's prepared for several phone calls during the May evaluation period, Tongo took a moment to reflect.
"I still can't believe that all of this interest is happening to me. It's been amazing so far and to have two offers and interest from so many schools is just great and I didn't expect this at all to be honest. I can't thank my parents and my family enough. The same goes for my coaches like head coach (Larry) McKeon, coach (Sean) Drendel, coach (James) Bonebreak and the rest of the coaches at Naperville North. Same goes for my friends. I'm just blessed to have received so much attention and I owe it all to them. I want to just go out this year and make them proud."