Ole Miss fans hoping for some post-Signing Day drama shouldn't get too carried away with that headline just yet. Yes, it raises an eyebrow that the father of four-star defensive end Jonathan Kongbo, who was a last-minute decision between Ole Miss and Tennessee, hasn't signed a binding Letter of Intent with the Vols. Until we hear reliable reports to the contrary, however, there's no reason to think it won't happen eventually.
"My dad has been away," Kongbo told SEC Country when asked why his father hasn't put pen to paper. "He will sign it when he gets home."
When asked if he was looking at other schools, Kongbo said, "I'm not looking around. I'm not interested in anybody else."
Kongbo confirmed that he has signed financial aid papers with the university, but those are nonbinding as it pertains to football.
What makes this interesting is that it was rumored in the leadup to NSD that Kongbo's father didn't want his son to play in Knoxville. Hugh Freeze visited Kongbo's parents in Canada the week before Signing Day and the Rebs were thought to be a finalist.
Kongbo, the nation's top JUCO prospect, decommitted from Tennessee in early January before reaffirming the commitment on Signing Day.
If this sounds familiar, it's because of the CeCe Jefferson drama last year. A couple of days after the five-star DE picked Florida over Ole Miss on Signing Day, his LOI still hadn't arrived in Gainesville. His father publicly refused to sign the letter and stated that he didn't want his son playing for the Gators, mainly because one of Jefferson's primary recruiters had taken a job elsewhere.
Jefferson eventually signed with Florida...
#FloridaGators DE #14 Alex McCalister forced fumble and DE #96 CeCe Jefferson fumble recovery vs. Ole Miss ... https://t.co/bRTuYtxLes— Kevin (@draftrobot) October 11, 2015