Meet The New Devils - LB Koby Quansah

Get to know the newest Blue Devils as we go player-by-player in the recruiting class of 2016 with analysis, projections, videos, and more.

Recruiting Recap: In mid June three star linebacker Koby Quansah released a recruiting top 10 list. Then, he sat down with his mother and made a surprise commitment. Not just because he picked Duke, but because he did so after seemingly being several visits and steps in the process away from a decision.

The other schools in his Top 10 were Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.

Quansah became the 14th member of the class of 2016 to commit to Coach Cutcliffe's program, and boasts one of the best offer sheets in the class. He chose Duke over UND, Maryland, Notre Dame, Arizona, Boston College, UConn, Indiana, Iowa, UNC, UMass, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Pitt, Northwestern Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Vandy and others.

Projected Position: Linebacker

2016 Projection: "He can play outside linebacker or in the middle. He has very good burst, shoots gaps and can change direction well," said's Brian Dohn. "He can chase a play down to the sideline, and also is comfortable dropping back into coverage. Quansah reads plays well and is able to locate the ball carrier in traffic and accelerate and make the tackle."

Given the depth and number of young players on the Duke depth chart at linebacker, there’s a good change Quansah will redshirt in 2016. But, as seen with Ben Humphreys in 2015, Duke will play a young linebacker if he’s ready. Quansah could push to play given his natural instincts and ability, but we’d lean toward the three star linebacker redshirting.

Quotable: “He’s a field general and a leader. He’s the total package. Pound for pound he’s at the top of the talent pool in the Peach State.” - Chad Simmons, National Analyst

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