Syracuse Football Recruiting Sitdown: Kingsley Jonathan

Oct 15, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Dino Babers leads his team onto the field to face the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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It was an extremely successful National Signing Day for the Syracuse football team. We decided to sit down with one of the key recruits.

We had you covered for National Signing Day with over 23 recruits committing to the Syracuse football team. Over the next several weeks we’ll be breaking down each recruit in detail.

But we start off that venture by sitting down with one special recruit who signed the dotted line. Kingsley Jonathan, often has seen his name misconstrued, but we’ve gotten that all figured out.

We decided to ask him some key questions regarding: his goals, why he picked the Orange, and the possibility of transitioning to OLB. On top of that we also probed him on some fun topics: a nickname, sack celebrations, and what pro player he models his game after.

A fantastic interview with Kingsley, if you’d like you can follow him on Twitter here: @frozen_dart. Although he has a protected account so he’ll have to accept your follow. You can also follow him at that same handle on Instagram. Without further adieu lets get to our interview.

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Paul A. Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25):

First off, quite simply what drew you to Syracuse and ultimately why’d you pick the Orange?

Kingsley Jonathan (@frozen_dart):

“I love the atmosphere it feels like family and it’s a beautiful school, the coaches have faith in me and I have faith in them.”

Paul A. Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25):

You’ve played DL have you ever played any OLB? Do you ever see yourself ever making that transition at your size?

Kingsley Jonathan (@frozen_dart):

“I played DE my first year and OLB this last season for Saint Frances because we needed someone to fill that spot. It took me a short while to work with the transition but I got it down and had a really good year.”

Feb 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A general overall view of NFL shield logo at the NFL Experience at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A general overall view of NFL shield logo at the NFL Experience at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Paul A. Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25):

What are some of your goals at SU from a team and an individual perspective? Do you have your eyes set on the NFL? Or perhaps another venture?

Kingsley Jonathan (@frozen_dart):

“From a team perspective, I hope I can help the team to a Bowl Game and a great season. Personally it’s getting better every single day. I definitely have my eyes set on the NFL.”

Paul A. Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25):

Do you have a nickname on or off the field? What’s your sack celebration or big play celebration?

Kingsley Jonathan (@frozen_dart):

“Most of my teammates call me the Nigerian Nightmare. My big play celebration is a loud yell and stomping my foot into the ground lol.”

Jan 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) in action against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) in action against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Paul A. Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25):

Is there a pro player you model your game after? Have you taken any of their tools to try and add to your repertoire?

Kingsley Jonathan (@frozen_dart):

“I model my game after JJ Watt I’m learning how to implement my strength like he does. Khalil Mack is also another player, I love the way he gets around the edge with how low he gets at that corner, I watch him closely and it has helped me improve on my pass rush.”

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