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Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting analysis: DE Julien Kafo

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Prep School: Vanier

Hometown: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Can.

Position: Defensive End

Height: 6-4

Weight: 225

My Assessment: He has good push through the line of scrimmage and relentless motor in pursuit of the quarterback. He is not afraid of contact and runs through ball carriers. He does not leave his feet to make a tackle and wraps up well. Physically he looks the part of a defensive end, but could add strength and good bulk. After playing Canadian style football in prep school, he is a sleeper candidate.

Overview: ESPN ranks him as the No. 1 player in Montreal and as the No. 143 defensive end in his class - is a three-star recruit according to ESPN and Rivals - received two-star status from Scout and 247sports, which also ranked him as the No. 1 player in Montreal and as the No. 94 weak-side defensive end.

ESPN Analysis: Good height and bulk - ability to be able to anchor and set the edge and will flash activity with his hands to be able to shed blocks - good upper body strength - ability to get into blockers and create some pressure with power - good toughness in taking on blockers - gives good effort with adequate range and a solid wrap-up tackler.

High School: Currently attends Vanier College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - helped lead team to a 7-4 record - recorded 35 tackles, which included 11 tackles-for-a-loss - notched five sacks - broke up two passes and made one interception - named defensive lineman of the year - was limited to four games during his junior season as he dealt with an injury.



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