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Clemson transfer Adam Kissayi commits to Minnesota

Once-committed to the Gophers in high school, Adam Kissayi has flipped back to the Maroon & Gold.



Minnesota continues to have serious success in the transfer portal, this time adding Clemson transfer EDGE Adam Kissayi. The Palm Beach, Florida native is an incredibly interesting long-term prospect, who originally committed to the Gophers last summer, before flipping to the Tigers 25 days later and signing to their 2024 class. A top-600 high school prospect has now transferred before even playing a fall season with Clemson — making a very unique situation.

Who is Adam Kissayi?:

Growing up in Palm Bay, Florida Adam Kissayi’s favorite sport was originally soccer. At 6-foot-7, a sport like football obviously made more sense. He played, quarterback, tight end and offensive tackle in high school before settling into the edge position. After standing out as a junior, recording 33 tackles, 13 TFLs, 8.5 sacks and 9 PBUs, the offers started flowing in for Kissayi. Highlighted by Michigan, Miami (FL), Nebraska and Mississippi State, he quickly rose up the recruiting ranks, now slated as the 563rd-best recruit in the country.

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At 6-foot-7, 235 pounds, Kissayi is a very unique defensive end prospect. He has a lot of room to grow into his frame when it comes to adding weight, but his tremendous length gives him a unique pass-rush style. With DL coach Winston DeLattiboudere collecting high-ceiling players, the sky is the limit for Kissayi.

What is next?:

So Kissayi is technically a transfer portal commitment, but as a true freshman, he will essentially slot into the Gophers’ 2024 high school recruiting class. Minnesota’s defensive line room has so much talent, that adding Kissayi gives DLine coach Winston DeLattiboudere an embarrassment of riches. As still a very raw long-term prospect he will likely redshirt his first season, but his potential is tantalizing. This is college recruiting in 2024 and you have to take talent whenever you can find it.

A lifelong Minnesota sports fan, Tony Liebert is one of the biggest voices in Gophers sports coverage and the owner of Within the realm of credentialed media, Tony refined his abilities while serving as the lead writer for Gopherhole and as the sports editor at the Minnesota Daily during various stages of his career. Work has been featured on Bleacher Report, Yardbarker, and more.