Alabama will now have the last chance to impress a five-star prospect before he makes his decision on National Signing Day.
Jonathan Kongbo, the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect from Arizona Western College (Yuma, Ariz.), was supposed to visit Alabama this weekend, but he’s had a change of plans. He’ll now visit Jan. 29, according to Andrew Bone of Rivals.com. This weekend, Kongbo will visit Florida State. He told SEC Country that Florida State was one of three schools, along with USC and Oregon that were battling it out for his last visit.
The news of the change shouldn’t be too concerning for Alabama. After all, he told SEC Country that Alabama will be one of his final four schools when he cuts his list.
“They have proven themselves to be winners,” Kongbo said. “A lot of people could talk badly about Alabama, but the facts are that they win. That’s another thing that coach Saban said. I brought up some questions, and he said a lot of people are going to say this and that about Alabama, but facts are facts. They win a lot. They produce linemen that end up playing in the NFL.”
Kongbo is being recruited to play the JACK position for Alabama, which means in the Crimson Tide’s 3-4 package, he would play outside linebacker and in the Tide’s base 4-3 alignment, he would play defensive end. Nick Saban visited him on Monday with a clear message for the elite prospect.
“He reiterated the fact that he would rather recruit a high school guy and develop them, but he told me they need a JUCO guy to step in from Day 1,” Kongbo said. “He wouldn’t be here in Yuma, if he didn’t need me to come in and make an impact on the team.”
The rankings above come from Rivals.