Tennessee picked up one of its top targets on Wednesday afternoon when junior college standout Jonathan Kongbo signed with the Vols.
The four-star defensive end from Arizona Western Junior College (Yuma, Ariz.) had previously been committed to Tennessee after an official visit in November. However, he de-committed in January to reconsider his decision.
The 6-foot-6, 264-pound prospect was also considering Ole Miss, Southern California and Florida State. Alabama also heavily recruited Kongbo but was thought to be eliminated before he referred to them in a Tweet on Wednesday.
Kongbo is the No. 1 junior college player in the nation, according to the 247sports composite. He originally went to Wyoming out of high school, and rose quickly from a relatively unknown prospect at the start of the 2015 season to his current ranking.
Kongbo’s journey to becoming a major college football prospect is a bit unusual. He was born in Africa before moving to Canada when he was five years old. He told SEC Country in November that he didn’t start playing football until his final year of high school in Surrey, British Columbia.
“It’s crazy,” he told SEC Country during his recruitment last fall. “I shouldn’t even be playing football.”
The Vols are certainly glad he is.
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) February 3, 2016
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