The defensive end made the announcement Tuesday night via Twitter:
Kongbo spent the past two seasons at Arizona Western and Wyoming, respectively, after playing high school football in Canada, according to Wes Rucker of 247Sports.
He also has offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama and Washington—the latter of which he has a Jan. 22 scheduled visit, per Rucker.
Washington may be in play, as Kongbo grew up in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area just two hours north of the Huskies’ campus in Seattle.
He took an unofficial visit there last month and left impressed, per Scott Edlund of Scout.com:
It was a great visit. Their facilities are top of the line. I've seen some great facilities and Washington's are right up there with the best of them. I also really loved my visit with [defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski] and [head] coach [Chris] Petersen. … The coaches showed me their vision for the program and what they are looking for from their players and why it's so special to be a Husky.
Kongbo finished 2015 with 49 tackles (12 for loss), 9.5 sacks and a recovered fumble, and at 6’6” and 265 pounds, he is a “program-changing type of addition,” per Scout.com.
While Kongbo kept the door open to Tennessee, Tuesday’s announcement has to be a loss for head coach Butch Jones and Company. The Vols are 24th in 247Sports' composite recruiting rankings for 2016 and eighth in the SEC.
They already have plenty of holes to fill before national signing day, and losing the nation’s top JUCO player certainly doesn’t help their outlook.