Nothing has been easy in the recruitment of Rivals five-star defensive end Jonathan Kongbo, the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect.

Growing up with the Oregon Ducks as a childhood favorite, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive end, out of Arizona Western College, first took an official visit to see the Oregon State Beavers.

A week later, fresh off of interviews that indicated he was fairly open to a host of schools, Kongbo committed to Tennessee.

The roller coaster ride continued when he de-committed and planned a trip to visit the Washington Huskies before an Oregon stop to check out the Ducks and Beavers, a trip he did not complete.

Earlier this week, Kongbo announced he would be listing his finalists Friday on Twitter, only to have the day pass by without an update.

On Saturday morning, the whirlwind recruitment of the five-star lineman continued, as he finally announced a top eight of Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, USC, Washington, Oklahoma, Florida State and Oregon, eliminating the Beavers in the process:

Given Oregon’s needs on the defensive side of the ball, particularly along the defensive line after back-to-back seasons losing a first-round talent, Arik Armstead and reigining Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year DeForest Buckner, landing Kongbo would be a huge coup for the program.

Still, Washington and Alabama loom.

It took a day longer than anticipated and the final “few” turned into eight, but in a recruitment that has been anything but easy to follow, Oregon remains in the Kongbo sweepstakes.

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