"He can take a short route and take it the distance, he can catch a deep route, he high points the ball," Independence head coach Joe Evans said of his 6-1, 185-pound receiver. "He makes all the catches – he catches the back shoulder, he catches the ball in traffic. He also has great body control, which comes from his basketball background. He's the best blocking wide receiver that I've had this year – he breaks down and keeps his feet underneath him. He's a real, long strider.
"He's a little raw, but he's a kid that wants to get better. He got so much better from his sophomore year to his junior year. The ceiling on him, who knows where that is because he can just explode at any time."
After spending his freshman year on junior varsity, Kofa was moved up to varsity as a sophomore but saw limited action behind Austin Duke, who played in the Shrine Bowl and continued his career at UNC Charlotte, and DeQuan Barnes, an All-Mecklenburg County receiver. With Duke graduated, Kofa had a breakout junior season accumulating 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
"During my junior year, I became the first option," Kofa said.
With Barnes now graduated, the spotlight shines directly on Kofa this coming season. His goal is to leave Independence mentioned among the school's wide receiver greats like Mario Raley, Mohammed Massaquoi, Hakeem Nicks, and Jason Barnes.
"It's more like excitement knowing that I have a chance to be like one of them," Kofa said.
Kofa's recruitment just recently began to take off. Ball State, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina, North Carolina, and NC State are among the schools he hears from the most. He is already in constant contact with Gunter Brewer, who recruits Charlotte for UNC and serves as the Tar Heels' wide receivers coach.
"He just really wants me to come down to a junior day and see what it's like," Kofa said. "But I've been to Carolina and I'm in love with Carolina."
As a freshman, Kofa participated in a basketball camp at UNC. He plans to see the football side of the school during the Tar Heels' February junior day. Originally, he planned to attend the January junior day, but inclement weather kept him home.
Besides UNC, Kofa's junior day schedule will include UNC Charlotte, East Carolina, and NC State.
His name is pronounced War-Pay Koh-Fah... His mother was born in Liberia, the same country Massaquoi's parents are from. The Kofas and Massaquois are very close; so much so that Kofa considers Massaquoi's mother his Godmother… Kofa grew up a UNC fan, but began also rooting for Georgia during Massaquoi's college career… Kofa is also a part of Independence's basketball and track-and-field teams. He's averaging 10 points and four rebounds in hoops this season. In track, he participates in the 100-meter dash and high jump.