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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.
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.
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.
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.
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