Sack-Master Kabongo Likes Terps' Program

He has only been in the country for five years since moving to the US from the Congo in 2002, but 6-foot-3 defensive tackle prospect Masengo Kabongo has been making waves ever since.


As a junior, Kabongo registered 27 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and 10 sacks en route to earning first-team all-state honors in Connecticut.

Kabongo, who visited Maryland for the men's basketball game versus North Carolina, said of the trip, "It was a great game and great atmosphere. It was a lot of fun."

He also said that he is planning another trip to Maryland within the next few weeks to get to know the coaching staff and the players a bit better.

He has already earned offers from Connecticut, North Carolina State, Maryland, Illinois and Colorado, but new schools are calling him each day. "Syracuse called me today," he said.

The rising senior said he is also hearing from Notre Dame, Florida and Michigan, and does not plan to cut down his list until school is over for the year.

Kabongo's summer plans are up in the air. He does not have many visits planned, nor does he know if he is going to any football camps. Instead, he plans to stay in shape this summer, a tough task considering he benches up to 375 pounds. He also hopes to improve his technique as a defensive lineman.

While he does not lean toward a particular school, he did note that his trips to "Notre Dame and Maryland were a lot of fun."

Maryland's football staff keeps in frequent contact with the Connecticut target. "I talk to the coaches often, through text messages. When I visited on Junior Day, they offered me. It was just a great place."

He also added, "It is a place that I could see myself going." He said that his favorite part about Maryland's program is "the fact that the coaches are trustworthy."

He loved the atmosphere from the student section during his visit. "They were just on fire, they were great," he said, before adding, "But that's not just Maryland, it's every college."

His decision for a school will be one that many coaches anxiously await. He estimates that he will make his decision "sometime after this summer, or maybe a bit into the season."

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