Homewood-Flossmoor's Supo Sanni always imagined himself as a basketball player. But he kept his options open as football recruiting "was getting crazier and crazier." He never dreamed it would get as big as it did. Finally, he realized that football, not basketball, was his sport.
After weighing all of his options, comparing one school against another and adding up all of the pluses and minuses, the 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver/free safety decided it was time to make a decision. On Sunday, he made an oral commitment to Illinois.
Sanni, who said he was recruited as a wide receiver but likely will play free safety in college, chose Illinois over Iowa and West Virginia, where his sister Olayinka is a senior. He also received scholarship offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Iowa State and Western Michigan.
"I felt I could play for Illinois," Sanni said. "It's close to home, my parents love the school, it is a great environment, it's an up-and-coming program and it's moving in the right direction. They're recruiting a lot of good players."
Sanni is the sixth Chicago area product who has committed to Illini coach Ron Zook. The others are offensive linemen Graham Pocic of Lemont and Jeffrey Allen of King, quarterback/defensive back Jack Ramsey and linebacker Nate Palmer of Simeon and defensive end Glenn Foster of Mount Carmel.