Olivet Nazarene University's football program is pleased to announce that Derrick Hosselton (Manteno, Ill.), Ryan Sample (Manteno, Ill.) and Dan Sullivan (Herscher, Ill.) have committed to play football for the Tigers.
(6’1, 225) was a standout linebacker for Manteno High School. He was a three year starter and during that time was consistently among the area’s leaders in defensive statistics. Derrick was All-Area Special Mention as a junior, All-Conference Interstate 8 as a junior and senior, named Manteno’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and all-area as a senior. In addition to these honors, he was also invited to the NUC All-American Game.
(6’, 180) was a three year starter at quarterback for Manteno High School. He was among the area leaders in both passing yards and passing TD’s during his high school career. Ryan was all-conference his sophomore, junior and senior years; all-area his junior and senior years; and all-state his senior season. He was also voted team offensive player of the year as a junior and team MVP as a senior.
(6’3, 250) played both offensive and defensive line for Herscher High School. He had an exceptional career that included all-area honorable mention honors his junior and senior years, and he made the all-conference team as well. He was voted his team’s most valuable lineman and was also a team captain. Dan also led his team in tackles for loss and was third on his team in tackles.
ONU Coach Brian Fish is very excited about these players and looks forward to having them as a part of the Tiger football family. "It's big for our program to keep local players of this caliber playing college football close to home," Coach Fish said. "These guys have played in good programs and are very well coached. To get some early commitments from these young men means a lot to me."