Recruiting has started to pick up for Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford, Conn.) inside linebacker Koby Quansah, a four-star junior who holds double-digit offers. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder just recently added a verbal from Pittsburgh and could be closing in on scholarships from Kansas, Vanderbilt and others.
He previously held Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Umass, Northwestern, Rutgers, Syracuse, Old Dominion, Rhode Island and Yale offers.
“The recruiting had been going up and down a little bit, but it’s heating up now that Signing Day is over,” Quansah said. “I picked up Pittsburgh, and I followed up with Vanderbilt and they’re going through film evaluation and getting back to me soon about an offer.
“I’ve also been hearing from Michigan, Kansas and North Carolina as well. I think Kansas is pretty close to offering, and I know UNC wants to offer me, but they want me to come down so they can offer me in person.”
Due to financial constraints, Quansah has not been able to visit or take in any junior days this offseason. He’s planning to take the short trip up to Umass for its basketball game Feb. 14, however.
“It’s always been a ride situation that’s kept me from traveling around for recruiting. It’s only the closest schools around me that I can usually go to,” said Quansah, who had previously been to RU, BC, Syracuse and Uconn. “But I should be able to take some trips soon during the second week of March, which is our spring break. One of my friends has a baseball tournament in Florida, so I think I’m going to tag along with him and try to see Duke, UNC, Maryland and a couple others on the way.
“I also want to get up to Michigan and out to Stanford if possible. Stanford, that’s a little out of the price range, but their linebackers’ coach wants to offer me. But he wants me to come to camp and see my SATs first, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that without taking an official visit. We’ll have to see about that.”
The Terps have been urging Quansah to visit College Park, Md., since offering last fall, and the Connecticut product has been attempting to do just that for the last several months. But he’s had to cancel several intended trips since he couldn’t find a ride down, nor did he have the means to do so on his own dime.
“I might try to do an overnight at Maryland if possible. I’m high on their radar and they’re high on mine as well. It’s in the Big Ten, it’s very good academics and my old neighbor, Andrew Isaacs, is down there,” Quansah said, referring to the Terps’ tight end who used to live in the adjacent apartment complex to the West Hartford recruit. “Coach [Keith] Dudzinski, the linebackers coach and my recruiter, he wants me to come down there for a more personal one-on-one visit with him and the other coaches. He said don’t worry about a junior day, come down for a personal visit, stay overnight with Andrew and someone else, and just get a feel for the school. So that’s something I’m definitely interested in doing.”
Dudzinski has been through Kingswood Oxford this offseason and maintains consistent contact with Quansah via Twitter. Moreover, Quansah has spoken to Isaacs several times and is eager to visit his old friend.
“Coach Dudzinski’s message is I’m his kind of guy. He wants me in the program and he wants me to commit. Coach Dud, we have a really good relationship, and I’m trying to meet the rest of the coaches there as well,” Quansah said. “And Andrew, we’re in contact, but I don’t really message him about Maryland specifically. But I talk to him, and I know he likes it down there. It will be cool to see him again when I visit.”
Besides UMD, Quansah said Rutgers, Duke and Boston College have been recruiting him the hardest. He mentioned the RU staff is “building a really strong relationship” with him, while the BC and Duke coaches “really, really want me.”
Quansah went on to say he’s not really looking for any other offers in particular, but would like to accumulate as many as possible before he begins evaluating them in earnest.
“A lot of the schools that are recruiting me, I really don’t know too too much about them yet beyond the basics,” Quansah said. “I’m just getting used to them through talking to their coaches right now. After I take some more visits I’ll know more.”
The Kingswood Oxford recruit said he doesn’t have a clear timetable for choosing a school, though he acknowledged a decision could come at any time. More than likely, however, Quansah won’t commit until after his senior season (provided he’s able to wait that long without programs filling their spots).
“I’m not into rushing things. I’ll just take my time, and whenever I find the right school I’ll commit,” Quansah said. “I think it’ll probably be after the season, though, so I can take some officials to schools I won’t be able to see now because of finances.”
Interestingly, Quansah said he has now started to generate some looks as a running back. He said Stanford’s assistant suggested they could offer him as a runner, while Pittsburgh, ODU and Yale could potentially give him a look for a backfield role as well.
“Some coaches are asking me if I’d like to play running back, and I just say I’ll play wherever I’m needed,” Quansah said. “It really doesn’t matter what position I play, honestly.
“Right now, I’m just trying to get better on both sides of the ball, which is my main focus. I’ve been in the weight room lifting – I’m up to 218 [pounds] now -- and I’ve been doing yoga to get more flexible. It’s been a good offseason.”
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