January 29, 2010

Canadian Back Enrolled At Wyoming

The Cowboys found a possible gem of a running back when Nehemie Kankolongo decided to visit Laramie last summer after coming all the way from Canada, and commited to play at the University of Wyoming.

The 5-foot-11 and 200 pound has already arrived on campus, enrolled at mid-semester, and will compete during spring drills. He'll enhance an all ready promising young, rushing corp led by Alvester Alexander and incoming Minneapolis freshmen Evan Williams.

Kankolongo has been under the recruiting radar from the start, including being slighted to play in his regional all-star game. Dave Christensen's staff will get a player who has a big chip on his shoulder.

"He's been playing with a chip on my shoulder for a while," said Centaurs head coach Kevin Phillips. "I think he is hungry and ready to show people how good of a runner."

Little film was available on Kankolongo until video was sent to Rivals.com and immediately the former Centennial Centaurs' record rusher was upgraded to three stars and tied current UW quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, as the highest rated recruit to come to Laramie under the evaluation system.

Kankolongo's ability to get his academics in order and enroll early at UW will allow him to compete for immediate playing time. It will be a surprise not to see him on the field this fall rotating with Alexander.

The Colquitlam, British Columbia native led his high school team to their first provincial championship since 1966, while named the best back in the game. Kankolongo ran for 219 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

He'll bring the Cowboys a well built back who runs through the tackles effectively, though his passion and desire could take him to the next level at Wyoming.

"He's a division one athlete, it's take more than one guy to tackle him at the high school level," said Phillips. "He's was one of the corp guys on our championship team."

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