The class of 2010 prospect made noise last year as a defensive tackle, recording 30 tackles, three sacks and 10 tackles for loss despite giving up a tremendous amount of size in individual match ups with his 6-5 220-pound frame.
Now having shifted to the outside, the senior has started his season off with a bang, recording eight tackles and a sack in his first two games. Even a sprained ankle in his most recent game Thursday night, that left him sidelined for the majority of the game, hasn't been enough to slow down the rising prospect as he watched his teammate's role to their third win of the season.
Thomas Kokolas has been receiving plenty of attention from a handful of programs thus far, keeping a running dialogue with Georgetown, Colgate, Cornell and Duke thus far. In addition, he has had contact with both Virginia and Rutgers after having spent time on each of their campuses this past year.
The senior attended the Scarlet Knight's Big Man Academy this summer where he had an opportunity to work against elite offensive lineman from the area, all while under the tutelage of Rutgers defensive line coach Gary Emanuel. Kokolas said it was a very educational experience and that he came away very intrigued with the Rutgers program.
"I was really impressed with Rutgers when I was up there," he says. "I thought the campus and the camp were both great."
Since the camp Kokolas, has not had any direct contact with the Scarlett Knight's coaches, but he did say that the staff had contacted his high school coach.
The ankle injury which he suffered recently isn't expected to keep the upperclassmen off the field for more than a week, which will allow him to get back onto the field where he has been making a conceited effort to improve his abilities as a run defender. Lacking a frame that has really filled out to this point, Kokolas has made hitting the weights hard a major priority this season, though he does find some advantages in his lighter frame.
"I would probably say my quickness has been a big strength for me because I don't weigh as much as some of the bigger lineman so I can get off the ball quicker than they do," he says.
Kokolas, in addition to being a solid addition on the field, will also be one in the classroom as he reports a 4.1 core GPA and a score of 1920 on the three-part SAT. He has yet to name a leader at this point, but when asked, again stated how impressed he was with what he saw at Rutgers during the summer and a spring practice he attended while at Virginia.
Kokolas has Rutgers Interest
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