He chose Duke over UND, Maryland, Notre Dame, Arizona, Boston College, UConn, Indiana, Iowa, UNC, UMass, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Pitt, Northwestern Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, and others back in June. All in all more than 25 schools offered Koby Quansah during his recruitment.
But it was Duke that won the battle, and since that surprise commitment on June 21st, the Blue Devils have maintained and grown their relationship with the 6-foot-1, 220 pounder from West Hartford (Conn.) Kingswood Oxford School. In less than a year Quansah will be in Durham competing for playing time, but where?
“The defensive staff still has me projected to be the Will Linebacker,” said Quansah. “But, when I went down in March, the offensive guys wanted me to play running back.”
The projection as a possible running back is interesting, but not unexpected as Quansah plays both positions for Oxford as a senior. And it’s easy to understand why when you have a player of that size who has a 4.6 forty time and weight room numbers that include a 315 pound bench press, 405 pound squat max, and 265 pound power clean. He also reports a 34.6 inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump.
Still, the smart money appears to be on Quansah ending up at linebacker in Durham when it’s all said and done. And that’s just fine with him.
“[The running back discussion] was back in March, and I haven’t hear much else about it. Right now I’m loving my role more on the defensive die of the ball. But, wherever I can help, I am ready to play.”
As he progresses through his senior season, Quansah has been asked to take on a leadership role for his high school team, but on the field the message remains simple: Produce.
“I think as a player I’m working to improve my speed and quickness, especially when playing running back. My role with the team hasn’t changed much there, but with more young players on the roster I feel I may become more of a teacher, trying to help younger guys learn new techniques as they prepare to take over my spot.”
Quansah reaffirmed his commitment to Duke, but was also willing to look back at his recruitment and reflect on some of the things he saw and enjoyed during the process.
“Some of the most memorable things from my recruiting process were the great coaches I have made relationships with. Coach Frank Leonard (Boston College), Keith Dudzinski (Maryland), Clark Lea (Syracuse), and Mike Siravo (Temple). They have been some coaches that have looked and talked to me as more than a player and have given me great advice along the line.”
Quansah is rated as a three star prospect according to Scout. The national recruiting team has tabbed him as the best linebacker in the state of Connecticut, the fifth best in the East Region, and the 58th best linebacker in the country.