Fresno City College offensive lineman Chongo Kondolo was going through the recruiting process at a steady pace, making visits to the schools he had chosen as the finalists from those who had offered the 6-4, 280-pound tackle.
The simplicity of it all changed abruptly this weekend before and even during his third official visit to Tennessee. Kondolo had 10 offers heading into the weekend, during which he spent in Knoxville checking out what the Vols had to offer. Now, the African-born Kondolo, who grew up in Texas after moving to the U.S. at the age of seven, has 14 offers, including one from Florida State.
Kondolo, who also visited Brigham Young and Illinois but has already crossed those two schools from his list, told Ryan Callahan of GoVols247.com that he had a great visit to Knoxville.
"It went well. I was very excited to see that there's a lot of academic help, and they were very good football facilities, so you can definitely develop as a player, and the help's there for you to become a good student," Kondolo told Callahan.
Kondolo is ranked as the No. 6 junior-college offensive lineman in the country by 247Sports. He can play either of the offensive front positions.
Florida State figures to be in the mix for the services of Lake City Columbia High star Laremy Tunsil, but Tunsil has said his top schools are Georgia and Alabama. The Seminoles are also courting Miami Booker T. Washington tackle Denver Kirkland.
Kondolo would certainly be a good addition to the other three offensive linemen committed to the 2013 class in guard Ira Denson (6-4, 322) of Madison County, tackle Austin Golson of Prattville (Ala.) and center Ryan Hoefield of Brother Martin High in New Orleans.
He will visit Nebraska next weekend, and will have one remaining visit, which could be to Tallahassee, but that has yet to be determined. Kondolo was on his way back to California on Sunday night.
He has offers from 14 Football Bowl Subdivision schools: Florida State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, BYU, Illinois, Maryland, Syracuse, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, Utah State and Texas State.
"It's getting crazy," Kondolo told Callahan. "Really, I just have to look at everything before I really start considering, because I want to go into that last week knowing, between two or three schools, maybe, who's going to get that last visit — not eight schools."
He also said he will make his choice known sometime shortly after his final visit, which he expects to be the weekend of Jan. 25th.
Kondolo was a first-team All-Valley Conference selection, as well as All-Region I and first team juco All-American.