He has only been in the country for five years since moving to the US from the Congo in 2002, but 6…
Kabongo Likes Three
More and more schools continue to offer 6-foot-2.5, 280-pound Fairfield College Preparatory School defensive tackle Masengo Kabongo, however for the time being he has narrowed the field down to three programs in Maryland, Florida and Notre Dame and has taken his foot off the accelerator to step back and evaluate the offers he has on the table. We caught up with Kabongo recently to discuss his overall recruiting picture and he filled us in on his top three. "A lot more schools have offered me including Purdue, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wake Forest and a bunch of others, however I do not know all of them off the top of my head right now," Kabongo explained. "Right now I have somewhere between 15 and 17 offers, but I am really just trying to take a step back and do some research on these schools as I feel like I have rushed things a bit. The other thing is that things have been so chaotic lately with all of the different schools calling all the time and it has gotten out of hand, so that has made me want to step away a bit for now. Maryland, Florida and Notre Dame are the three schools I like the most right now." "I like the coaching staff a lot at Maryland because they seem very trustworthy which is very important to me," Kabongo said. "I went down there for a junior day and caught a basketball game and the student body was amazing with how much support they gave the basketball team. I met a bunch of the players and coaches while I was there and felt like Maryland would be a great fit for me if I chose to go there." "I was supposed to go down to Florida on Friday, however I am not sure I will be able to keep that date now unfortunately," Kabongo stated. "There is still a chance that I will go down and I am sure the staff will offer me a scholarship if I go down as from what I understand they are just waiting to meet me in person before doing so. I like that Florida will be in the running for a national championship every year and also feel comfortable knowing that the coaching staff has great job security and won't be going anywhere. I have spoken to Aaron Hernandez about what it is like down there and he has really told me great things about the school and program." The Fighting Irish are one of the three horses in this race right now and Kabongo really fell in love with the school during a visit for the Blue and Gold game in the spring, however Notre Dame has been on fire this year with their defensive line recruiting, landing five players already in Ethan Johnson, Brandon Newman, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams and Omar Hunter. While Hunter and Newman are definitely nose tackles, Cwynar, Williams and Johnson project to defensive end in the new three-man front in South Bend and Kabongo does see the writing on the wall there. "They have recruited five defensive linemen already this class, so I really doubt they will be in the picture any longer," Kabongo said. "I really loved it in South Bend when I went out for the Blue and Gold game because from all the schools I have been to, Notre Dame is just a different kind of experience. There were about 51,000 people at the spring game and the crowd support was absolutely amazing. They have a great tradition and are also a very good academic program, but it looks like they are filling up at my position now." Clemson, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State and Syracuse are the other offers that we know of to go along with the other five Kabongo mentioned to us today, however his coach handles most of his recruiting for him. It looks like this race will eventually come down to the Gators and Terps, however nothing is certain at this point as Kabongo is re-evaluating programs at this point. As a junior, Kabongo made 87 tackles with 27 coming for loss and registered 9.5 sacks. He also forced five fumbles, recovered three and intercepted a pass. He was named first team All-League, All-County and All-State.
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