Many came to compete and display their skills in front of the Minnesota coaching staff for camp, but Montreal (CA.) Vanier Prep senior defensive end Julien Kafo one of the farthest travelers to show what he has to offer. He was prepared and ready for the task at hand and ended up walking away with an Golden Gopher offer in hand.
"I learned a lot at Minnesota's camp," Kafo told GopherDigest. "I was glad to be there and they told me that I did great out there. I also got an offer from Minnesota and I was definitely really happy. It feels good that my hard work finally led to something good, especially from a prestigious school like Minnesota with both academically and athletically standards."
The Canadian 6-4, 240-pound defensive end doesn't know how his recruitment is really shaping up yet with most schools still wanting to see his transcripts and evaluate some of his game film for this upcoming season.
That doesn't mean schools aren't interested in the high motor defender as he is garnering interest from Iowa, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana and Miami (OH). Kafo does have a top four of schools sticking out to him currently, but explains it is a very fluid list.
"I do have a top list right now," said Kafo. "They are Iowa, Duke, Notre Dame and Minnesota in no order. I got Minnesota in there because their academic stand point. However, schools keep getting in and out of my top list, so it has been changing. I will be committing after the season around December."
This summer Kafo has experienced a new style of football in the US and talks about the difference he sees from Canadian football to American football.
"It just feels a lot faster in the US," said Kafo. "Guys have a better football IQ and react and play faster, so you have to pay attention at all time. That's the main difference."