Huskies Make Big Impression On Kongbo

While the Washington coaching staff is playing host to five official visitors this weekend, they also made time for one very important unofficial visitor, Arizona Western DE Jonathan Kongbo, and to say he and his family were impressed by what they saw would be an understatement...

"It was a great visit," Jonathan Kongbo told as he made the two hour drive back to Vancouver with his parents. "Their facilities are top of the line. I've seen some great facilities and Washington's are right up there with the best of them.

"I also really loved my visit with coach 'K' (Pete Kwiatkowski) and coach (Chris) Petersen. They included my parents in everything they showed me, which was really great and my parents said they had a great time on the visit too. 

"The coaches showed me their vision for the program and what they are looking for from their players and why it's so special to be a Husky."

While Kongbo said that every part of the visit really impressed him, he said one part really stood out.

"When I sat down with coach K, we watched tape of how they want to use me and how they want to use my talents," Kongbo said. "They want me as a 'BUCK', that hybrid linebacker/defensive end spot. They want me to do what I do best, get after the quarterback and they really think that I would fit perfectly into what they do."

Kongbo has already taken official visits to Ole Miss and Tennessee, committing to the latter school while he was in Knoxville.

"It was a great visit and I just really felt at home there," Kongbo said. "They knew I wanted to take all of my visits though and that is what I plan to do once we get into January."

Kongbo said he plans to visit Washington and either Oregon or Alabama although none of those dates have been set yet.

"Washington will for sure get an official visit," Kongbo said. "I want to have the full experience there of what it is like to be a player there and just to spend more time there. With Alabama and Oregon, I'm going to see one or the other, but probably not both of them. I need to sort of sit down and decide on that.

"I'm just going to take a few days and sort some things out and then work on setting up my official visits. 

"Once I am done taking my trips, that's when I will sit down with my family and decide where I am going to play the rest of my (college) football."

As prep, Kongbo signed with Wyoming, but after the coaching change there, he decided to leave.

He spent his redshirt freshman season with the Matadors this past fall and led the team with 11 sacks and he tied for the team-lead with 16 tackles for loss while also racking up 55 tackles.

Kongbo is on pace to finish up his academic work this spring and he will have three years to play three following starting in the fall of 2016.

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