Jonathan Kongbo has two official visits on the horizon. He’s just not sure of the destinations.
The 6-foot-6, 264 defensive end from Yuma (Ariz.) Western College is considering official visits to Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska and Oregon State on Nov. 21 and Nov. 28.
“I’ve got to figure out which ones,” Kongbo said.
Those aren’t the only schools in the running. Kongbo has more scholarship offers than he can remember. Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arizona, Nebraska, Washington and Oregon State are the first to come to mind. This whole football thing is a little new for Kongbo, who was born in Africa before moving to Canada when he was five years old. He didn’t start playing football until his final year of high school in Surrey, British Columbia.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “I shouldn’t even be playing football.”
Why football? Kongbo ultimately had to make a choice when his high school principal told him to play football or go to detention.
“He kind of forced me out and I went out,” Kongbo said. “I was decent at it.”
He was better than decent. In six games, Kongbo said he rang up 22 sacks and 87 tackles. After spending a season as a redshirt at Wyoming, he left the program. Now, he is one of the top junior college prospects in the nation.
Kongbo was overlooked coming out of high school. He only had one scholarship offer to play football, from Wyoming. At the time, he envisioned himself a basketball player.
“It’s definitely different going into it the second time,” Kongbo said of his football recruitment. “It’s kind of cool this time around.”
Kongbo has taken only one official visit. He traveled to Ole Miss in October.
“It was a great environment,” he said. “I enjoyed it a lot. The fans there are really cool and passionate about their team.”
So does Kongbo now prefer football over basketball? That’s an easy question.
“Definitely,” he said. “I’ve been studying it for two years now. Yeah, I like it better.”