"It's been pretty amazing," Arizona Western DE Jonathan Kongbo told Dawgman.com. "It's just been within the past two or three weeks that I have gotten a lot of schools coming after me and offer me."
Washington is one of the schools that has stepped forward and made it known they like what they see from the talented pass-rusher.
"Washington offere back before Halloween actually (October 28th) and they are a school I am very interested in," Kongbo noted. "I've talked to coach (Chris) Petersen and also coach (Jeff) Choate about the program there and I am really good friends with Brayden Lenius who is a sophomore up there and we talk about the program all the time. He loves it there and he said it's a great place, not just because of football, but also because of the education and the coaching staff that is there."
In addition to his offer from the Dawgs, Kongbo also has offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Arizona, Alabama, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon State, Rutgers, UAB and South Florida.
"I've already visited Mississippi (back on October 24th) and I'm visiting Auburn (on November 21st)," Kongbo said. "Other than that, I don't have any other visits set up although I am planning to visit Washington soon and I'll take unofficial visits to see Arizona State and Arizona just because they are so close."
Kongbo is a native of the Congo and spent the first six years of his life in that country before he and his family emmigrated to Canada.
"I only played (football) during my senior year (at Holy Cross in Surrey, British Columbia)," Kongbo said. "I had an offer from Wyoming and I took it, but when I was down there, I just wasn't very happy. I didn't like the direction of the program and I felt like I needed to change, so I headed here to Arizona Western and things have really opened up for me now that a lot of schools have seen what I can do."
What he does best on the football field is get after the quarterback, something that he said comes natural for him.
"Because of my size (6'6", 265), I have long arms and I can keep defenders off me and I have good speed and quickness for a guy my size, so I can use different moves to get to the quarterback," Kongbo said. "I worked a lot this past offseason on my technique and just the little things -- my get off, my motor, my first step -- stuff like that and I think all of that combines to be a big improvement for me."
As a redshirt freshman this season, Kongbo has posted a team-leading 9.5 sacks to go along with 49 tackles and 12 tackles-for-loss.
Kongbo will finish up his two-year degree in May and he will have three years to play three following the completion of the 2015 football season.