Nebraska’s paying just as much attention to the offensive line in its 2013 recruiting class as it is to the much-maligned defensive line.
The Huskers' fifth offensive line commit was Fresno City (Calif.) Community College’s Chongo Kondolo.
The 6-foot-4 290-pounder confirmed initially to Husker Online that he committed to Nebraska over Tennessee. Kondolo and Fresno City coach Tony Caviglia did not return phone calls from The World-Herald.
A three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Rivals and Scout, Kondolo told Husker Online that Nebraska plans for him to play center or guard, and NU sent four coaches to Fresno this week to woo him from the Volunteers, who appeared to have the edge earlier in the week.
Kondolo took official visits to Illinois, BYU and Utah State and rejected offers from Oklahoma and Florida State. The Huskers won a similar battle against the Sooners and Seminoles two weeks ago when College of Dupage (Ill.) offensive tackle Matt Finnin committed to Nebraska. Finnin recently turned down an offer from Ohio State, as well.
Kondolo is a native of Zambia and recently visited family in the country in south-central Africa.
Our take: Nebraska has a so-so track record with JC offensive linemen in the last decade, with current NFL starter Carl Nicks by far the most successful. Still, Nicks had an up-and-down two years with the Huskers. Kondolo comes with some versatility, which should help his cause. Is he good enough to make a run at the No. 1 left guard spot held last season by Seung Hoon Choi? We won’t know until August.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Huskers add offensive lineman to 2013 class (Omaha.com)
Chongo Kondolo commits to Nebraska (Omaha.com)
Florida State offers juco offensive lineman Chongo Kondolo of Fresno City College (OrlandoSentinel.com.com)