Jonathan Kongbo to Tennessee: Volunteers Land 4-Star DE Prospect

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2016

According to 247Sports' Ryan Callahan, 4-star JUCO defensive end prospect Jonathan Kongbo has signed with the University of Tennessee on national signing day. Wes Rucker of 247Sports reported the Volunteers received his letter of intent on Thursday morning.

Per 247Sports, Kongbo is the No. 1 recruit across the board among all JUCO prospects. 

It wasn't even a month ago that Kongbo had announced on Twitter that he decommitted from Tennessee. But he still kept the school in consideration when fielding other offers from the likes of Ole Miss, Alabama and Oregon, per 247Sports. 

The 6'6", 264-pound defensive end has had two years out of high school to further develop his game at the JUCO level. Originally a Class of 2014 recruit, he was already looking like a star at Holy Cross High School in Canada. 

At Arizona Western College last season, he recorded 49 tackles, 12 for loss along with 9.5 sacks, according to The site described him as a "program-changing type of addition on the defensive front."

He's a strong presence coming off the edge, and he has the type of closing speed that can track down plenty of running backs on the collegiate level. 

With the addition of Kongbo, Tennessee's defensive line is looking pretty solid already heading into the 2016 season. They are returning defensive end Derek Barnett for his junior season, who led the team with 10 sacks in 2015. 

Possibly putting Kongbo on the opposite end of Barnett could create a well-rounded pass rush from both sides of the defensive line. 

This is a great addition for Tennessee, who put together its first nine-win season since 2007 while competing in one of the best conferences in college football, the SEC. With Kongbo set to line up against the likes of the defending national champions Alabama, Florida and Georgia, he'll certainly have his hands full proving his worth for the Volunteers. 

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