Emerging LB Quansah Nearing Coveted UMD Offer

Maryland’s football staff has been on the road recruiting during the bye week Oct. 6-12, and one intriguing recruit Terps assistant Keith Dudzinski has identified is Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford, Conn.) inside linebacker Koby Quansah.

Maryland’s football staff has been on the road recruiting during the bye week Oct. 6-12, and one intriguing recruit Terps assistant Keith Dudzinski has identified is Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford, Conn.) inside linebacker Koby Quansah. The 6-foot, 212-pounder already holds early verbals from Boston College, Connecticut, Syracuse, Rutgers and Rhode Island, but UMD may very well be next in line.

“I actually just talked to Coach Dudzinski online [Oct. 8], and he was saying he really likes my film, my instincts, how I naturally flow to the ball and how I play in general,” said Quansah, who already has 54 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovery so far this year. “He said he can see me playing either SAM or inside backer for [Maryland], and he said I could get an offer possibly sometime next week. He said Coach [Randy] Edsall has to approve all the offers, but [Edsall] is on the road recruiting right now. But once he gets back and watches my film, [Dudzinksi] said there’s a good chance I’ll have the offer.”

Quansah said Dudzinski first came in contact with him in late August, though Maryland’s inside backers coach has known about the Connecticut product long before that. Evidently Kingswood Oxford’s defensive coordinator, Marco Pizzoferato, has known Dudzinski for several years, and the former tipped the latter off about Quansah months ago.

“Coach Pizzoferato used to be the head coach at Manchester High, and he coached [current Terps tight end] Andrew Issacs when he was there,” Quansah explained. “So that’s how Coach Dudzinski knows him, from when [Dudzinksi] recruited Andrew.

“So after my defensive coordinator let Coach Dudzinski know about me, we’ve been talking on-line and stuff all the time. We message each other back and forth and just stay in touch. [Dudzinski] is a really cool guy, and I like him a lot.”

Dudzinski actually visited Kingswood Oxford Oct. 6 to watch a team lifting session and to speak to the coaches. Quansah wasn’t allowed to talk to his Terps area recruiter per NCAA rules, but he did give him a wave.

“It was good to see him up here,” said Quansah, who attempted to trek down to College Park for a one-day camp but was unable to make it. “It meant a lot that he came up. Now I’m just trying to get down to visit Maryland sometime soon. I’m thinking I’ll be able to make it down for the [UMD]-Michigan State game, because my season will be over by that time, so I should be free.”

By that time, Quansah believes, he should have a Maryland scholarship.

And it’s an offer he said he’s “definitely” looking forward to.

“It would be really, really nice to have an offer from Maryland,” Quansah said. “It would be cool to play with Andrew [Isaacs] a little bit before he graduates. We used to live right next door to each other; he lived in the Beachwood apartments and I lived one complex over at Oakland Heights. We used to play basketball on the courts there all the time. And I know his little brother too. So [Isaacs] and I are friends, and he’s told me Maryland is a great place that I should definitely check out.”

Right now, though, Quansah has no early favorites, even among his current offers. He’s already seen UConn, BC, Rutgers and Syracuse, and while he said each were nice, “none are sticking out yet.”

“I’m just keeping everything open right now,” said Quansah, who noted that Northwestern, Duke, UMD, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Ohio State are all showing interest. “It’s still really early for me and I’m still getting into the whole process.”

He’s still getting into football as well. Up until a few years ago, he barely new anything about the pigskin game, because he spent almost all his time playing soccer.

Which isn’t surprising, considering Quansah actually lived in Ghana until he was four years old before his family decided to immigrate to the United States. The Quansahs originally moved in with a close relative who lived in Minnesota and helped the family enter the U.S. Soon after, however, Quansah’s mother found a job in Massachusetts, so the family uprooted and moved to the Northeast. Since then they’ve made stops in New York and now Connecticut, which is where Quansah learned about American football.

“What happened was one of my friends wanted me to try out for a club [football] team with him, and when I went one of the coaches I met there took me under his wing,” Quansah said. “He became like a father to me, and since then it’s been football, football, football. That’s my sport now, and I’m glad I made the switch. Now I have an opportunity to go to college for free.”


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