ST. CHARLES – Lucas Segobiano first received the offer from Northern Illinois in November, the day after the two-way star was named the Kane County prep Football Player of the Year.
Over two months later, that offer became a commitment.
Segobiano announced his decision Monday on Twitter, and made it official Wednesday evening as part of North's National Signing Day ceremony.
"It was a kinda crazy two days [in November], but I think it's all worked out," Segobiano said.
North quarterback Michael Hohensee (Northwest Missouri State), offensive lineman Dylan Keegan (Wisconsin-Platteville) and defensive lineman Tobi Adedara (Dartmouth) were also recognized.
The record-setting running back/defensive back will join fellow North alum and offensive lineman, Isaac Hawn, in DeKalb. The plan is for Segobiano to start off at slot receiver – a role that he primarily played as a junior at North.
Segobiano had interest from several Division II schools, including Grand Valley State – where Batavia and St. Charles East stars Michael Niemiec and Abe Swanson – are headed. But, that program wanted Segobiano as a running back; others, as a defensive back. He had a roster offer from Butler.
"My passion was always receiver. [NIU receivers coach Steve Crutchley] said to me: 'What you did at North [your junior season] is basically what you'll do at NIU."
Hohensee will look to eventually continue NW Missouri State's Division II championship-laden history. The program has won three national championships since 2013 and six total in the last 20 years. The son of former Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Hohensee, he played sparingly as a junior before a dominant senior campaign.
"They are known for their success and winning championships. But what caught my attention is the true family atmosphere. Everyone treats each other like family on the team, in the school and out in the community," the younger Hohensee said on Jan. 25.
Adedara had the grades for an Ivy League school.
His top three schools emerged to be Yale, University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth. Adedara's first college visit was to Princeton. While the academic firepower is impressive alone, perhaps Adedara's path to college football supercedes it a bit more.
The 6-foot-4, 228-pounder didn't begin playing football until his sophomore year. He played a year with North's soccer program, but seemed destined for football with his unique size. Come his senior year, Adedara was second on the team with 70 tackles.
"We were hounding him [to play]," Keegan said of Adedara. "Coach [Robert] Pomazak was like, 'You gotta start talking to him and get him over to play football.'"
Adedara, a future economics major, has no regrets.
"You know how much you put into it, so when you win, it just feels that much better," Adedara said.
Keegan, a two-year starter, lost 20 pounds from a bout with mononucleosis last season, but it didn't stop him from competing and giving his team everything he had.
After missing Week 3 against Larkin, Keegan was cleared to return the morning of North's matchup with St. Charles East. The usual 225-pounder played vs the crosstown rival at 205 pounds.
"I was so run-down and tired," Keegan said. "I literally fell asleep at one of the practices because it takes all that energy from you – especially that East game – I was exhausted."
Keegan had 10 offers in his recruiting process, and will switch from offensive guard to defensive end in college – a role he has some experience in.
"This year, we had such a close-knit team," Keegan said. "That's something [Platteville] really preached – like a brotherhood. I knew I wasn't going to go top-tier Division I, but I thought that could give me the best chance to win and compete for Division III championships."