- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
A star on the diamond and the gridiron, football will be Miguel Hermosillo’s ticket to a scholarship as he considers five offers from Division I programs.
Eastern Illinois, Illinois, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Illinois have all offered the 5-foot-10, 189-pound prospect. Illinois and Northern Illinois already told Hermosillo he could play both sports. Hermosillo’s uncle is former major league pitcher Dave Stewart, who won three World Series titles and a World Series MVP during his career.
Hermosillo would count as a football scholarship in college, though, unless of course he jumps right to professional baseball.
“I’d love to play both in college, but the thing is I have a lot of major league teams to watch me right now,” he said. “Unless I get drafted in a reasonable round where you can’t not take it, I’ll probably play football and baseball in college. My main focus would be football.”
Hermosillo does not have any favorites, but he is taking a liking to the Illini and Huskies.
Illinois is taking things slow with Hermosillo, but they are one of the few programs who like him on offense after seeing him perform at a number of positions at a camp.
“I’d be kind of a slot receiver or slot back with the ability to run and go out for passes,” Hermosillo said. “It’s a spread offense, but I'd still have the chance to run. I’d be considered as a slot receiver.
“They said if that doesn’t work out, they can move me somewhere.”
Northern Illinois and Toledo like him at corner, though he has never played defensive back because he plays in a run-heavy conference.
A program less than an hour away, Hermosillo has visited NIU previously and really enjoyed meeting the coaches.
“Their coaches impressed me a lot with the way they do things and everything like that,” he said. “It’s impressive when you win compete for a MAC championship every year. They’re building a new indoor facility across from the locker rooms.
“I can’t say there’s a big difference between Illinois and Northern Illinois right now. [NIU] impressed me a lot.”
Arizona State, Iowa and Northwestern are also interested but want to evaluate his senior highlights before deciding on an offer.
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