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Last season, the 6'3 1/2", 310-pound DT from Poly Prep in Brooklyn, NY had 50 tackles and 9 sacks. In his first game this season, he had 2 sacks in helping his team defeat Bethlehem Catholic. He runs the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds and benches over 400 pounds. Kwakou plays OT on offense as well but prefers defense.
"I'm just more aggressive on defense," he said. "My quickness is more of a DT's type of quickness. I really enjoying getting to the quarterback and stuffing running plays up the middle."
Colleges are recruiting him to play DT. To this point, he has received 27 offers.
"Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Miami, both USCs (Southern Cal and South Carolina), Virginia and Maryland are probably recruiting me the hardest," Kwakou said. "I don't really have any favorites. I really haven't thought about it yet. The teams I just mentioned would be my favorites I guess."
He denies ever saying that he would take official visits to Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State for sure.
"I don't know where that came from," he quickly replied. "That's not true at all."
It has recently been reported that he favors Penn State right now, but Kwakou says he does not currently have a favorite team.
"I'm not really favoring anyone yet, but I really liked Penn State when I went on my visits," Kwakou said. "I went to a junior day there a couple of months ago and I also went to the Penn State - Miami game. The game was alright. They lost, but it was cool. They still showed me a good time. I just hung out with the players that night after the game. You know, just sat in their rooms and talked about college and stuff like that. I was talking to some of the other recruits too. I talked with Michael Haynes a lot. I enjoyed the visit. It was fun. I went with my friend from Poly, Lav Bauta. He plays OT/DE."
Kwakou attended camps this summer at Notre Dame, Maryland, Ohio State and Pitt. He did receive tours at these schools and also at Penn State when he visited there.
"They showed me that stadium and stuff like that," he said. "Penn State's and Ohio State's stadiums stick out the most. They seat like 100 to 110 thousand. Looking up, it's like wow! It's a great feeling."
Would it be fun to play in front of that many people?
"Most definitely," he replied.
He places a great deal of importance on his relationship with the coaches.
"I want to see how well I gel with my position coach, how good a relationship I have with him, how I see myself fitting into the defense schematically, and what kind of relationship I have with the recruiting coach as well," he said. "That's what I'm looking for."
So, what coaches stand out right now?
"I'd say Coach Snyder from Ohio State, Coach Norwood from Penn State, Coach Addazio from Notre Dame and Coach Stoutland from Michigan State," he said.
Has he spoken with Larry Johnson?
"I was just going to mention him too," he replied. "He is a GREAT man. He's a good guy. His sons are cool too."
He's also talked with Joe Paterno a few times.
"Whenever someone from New York or Brooklyn comes up, he always has to get them in the office and talk to them," he said. "He's a big Brooklyn guy. Whenever I went up there, I always talked to him. He would usually be the second person I talked to. He spoke at my school last year too, and he said he's going to come to Brooklyn this year to see me play."
Kwakou also said distance will not be a factor although it could be a tiebreaker. He is not opposed to redshirting his first year.
"I'm willing to redshirt if I have to just to get my stuff together," he said.
Kwakou does not expect to make a decision until the day before the deadline.