The advent of the NCAA transfer portal has brought on a whole new era in college football, with players moving from school to school on an annual basis. Even from one bitter rival to another.
Former Arizona defensive lineman Jacob Kongaika announced Sunday he was transferring to ASU for the 2024 season. And with both schools headed to the Big 12 Conference, that ensures there will be a reunion on the field next fall.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Kongaika appeared in 22 games for the UA the past two seasons, all as a reserve on the defensive line and on special teams. This past season he played 273 snaps on defense and 49 on kick and punt squads, finishing with 14 tackles with two sacks, and he also recovered fumbles in the Alamo Bowl and the Territorial Cup against ASU.
A 3-star prospect that was part of Arizona’s historic 2022 recruiting class, Kongaika picked the Wildcats out of high school over offers from Colorado State, UCLA and Utah State. He joined the program as a priority walk-on but quickly earned a scholarship.
Kongaika is the second ex-UA player to transfer to ASU of late, as walk-on defensive back Adama Fall joined the Sun Devils for 2023 and played in 10 games on special teams.
ASU has landed commitments from 22 players out of the NCAA transfer portal, tied with Indiana and Louisville for most in the country. 247Sports ranks the Sun Devils’ portal haul as 11th-best in FBS.