Kondolo set for visit

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All signs pointed to Tennessee snagging a commitment for junior college offensive lineman Cody Clay before he pulled the trigger for Azusa Pacific College, but the Volunteers aren't done recruiting JUCOs yet.

Offensive line prospect Chongo Kondolo, a 6-foot-3, 290 pounder, is set to see Rocky Top this weekend, Jan. 11 for an official visit.

"I don't know much about Tennessee or the campus," Kondolo told InsideTennessee.com. "I am ready to see everything like the facilities and the stadium. I have seen the video of the new facility and it looks nice. I want to see what the team is like too and see if they are motivated to start winning again."

Kondolo has offers from BYU, Fresno State, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska and Tennessee among others. Offensive line coach Don Mahoney has been hard at work trying to develop a relationship with the two-star prospect.

"I have a good relationship with the coaching staff," Kondolo said. "I have talked to Coach Mahoney quite a bit. We talk on Facebook and my relationship with him is actually why I decided to make the visit. I have talked with Coach Jones quite a bit too. He wants to get to know you outside of football too. It just shows he really cares about his players."

Kondolo, who was high BYU before a coaching change, will make his decision after he completes his last two officials visits to Tennessee (Jan. 11) and Maryland (Jan. 25).

Offensive line coach Don Mahoney is in hot pursuit on Kondolo.
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"Most schools are recruiting me to play guard," he said. "Tennessee didn't really say, but they said interior so probably guard or center if I can learn how to snap the ball. I really don't care where I play. I just want a chance to compete and start."

Kondolo, who plans on enrolling in his school of choice this summer, says that the Vols new coaching staff has the resume to bring Tennessee back to the top, which grabbed his attention from the first phone call.

"I know Tennessee has a tradition of winning, but they have gotten away from that for a while," he said. "The new coaching staff won a lot of games at Cincinnati so they are trying to bring Tennessee back. They have talked about to me about being a player that helps bring Tennessee back."

Stay tuned for more on Kondolo's recruiting to Tennessee from InsideTennessee.com.

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