Alabama has seemingly been eliminated by a five-star prospect two days after he told SEC Country the Crimson Tide would “definitely” be in his top four.
Jonathan Kongbo, the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect from Arizona Western College (Yuma, Ariz.), tweeted out what appears to be his top four, according to 247Sports.com, and it consists of Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida State and Southern California.
Crimson Tide fans could have suspected something was up after he was not on this weekend’s official visitor list, again after telling SEC Country that he was excited about his trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala. Here’s what he had to say about what he liked about Alabama after Nick Saban paid him a visit.
“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.”
The 6-foot-6, 264-pounder was committed to Tennessee before backing off his pledge on Jan. 5. The Volunteers have not stopped pursuing him, though. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop paid Kongbo a visit along with defensive line coach Steve Stripling. Ole Miss also paid Kongbo a visit. Rebels defensive line coach Chris Kiffin traveled to Arizona to meet with Kongbo, and the elite prospect called him “a great guy.”
Kongbo was being recruited to play the JACK position for Alabama. That means in the Crimson Tide’s 3-4 alignment, he would have played outside linebacker, and in the Tide’s base 4-3 alignment, he would’ve played defensive end.
Alabama will host several elite defensive ends and linebackers this weekend, including: the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker, Ben Davis; the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, Lyndell Wilson; five-star DE Jeffery Simmons; and four-star DE/LB Terrell Hall.
Kongbo will make his college decision on National Signing Day, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
All rankings are provided by 247Sports composite.