Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford, Conn.) inside linebacker Koby Quansah had been trying to visit College Park, Md., for the last several months, and he was finally able to take in the University of Maryland for the first time March 12. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound four-star made the 5.5-hour drive down from Connecticut with his school’s baseball team, and arrived at UMD shortly after its morning practice ended at 12:30 p.m.
“We left Connecticut at like 5:30 this morning and we got there a little after noon, so it was a long day – a long day,” said Quansah, who holds offers from UMD, Rutgers, Boston College, Virginia, Michigan, UConn, Duke, Iowa, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Syracuse or others. “So now I’m looking forward to that Florida sunshine when we get down there [for the baseball team’s tournament]. But it was a great trip to Maryland, a great trip. I loved it. It was more than I expected.”
Quansah said he spent most of his time with area recruiter Keith Dudzinski, although he had a chance to interact with many of the other Terps’ assistants, as well as head coach Randy Edsall. He said he spoke to new defensive backs coach Darnell Perkins, running backs coach Terry Richardson, defensive line coach Chad Wilt and others as well.
“Really, what stood out the most to me were the coaches,” Quansah said. “Just how genuine and friendly they were, they were really great. I really connected with the staff there and felt like I belonged. Coach Dud [Dudzinski], I was talking to him the most, and we already have a great relationship – we talk like a few times each week.
“And he’s great because we don’t just talk about football, but he gets personal with you. He was telling me about the school, asking me about my family, things like that. He’s a great guy, and the rest of the coaches are like that too. I can tell it’s a great situation at Maryland, and the staff there is trying to put you on the right path.”
Notably, the head coach, Edsall.
“Coach Edsall was great,” Quansah said. “He said they need someone like me in the program, and how I fit every criteria they’re looking for. He said I can help them win a Big Ten championship and even a national championship. But he also said my grades and my character were the reasons he offered me. He was preaching to me how my talent plus my grades were the reasons I’d be a great fit there. And, truly, it meant a lot to me. What he was saying – it meant a lot.”
The Kingswood Oxford product went on to praise UMD’s academics and its strong business program. Quansah wants to major in either business or finance, so he spent time chatting up the advisors about each of the majors.
“I was asking one of the business professors about the curriculum there, and he was telling me some really good things,” Quansah said. “It sounds like a really great opportunity in terms of getting internships and balancing football and academics. That really stood out a lot to me.”
Quansah said he also learned about the history of Maryland football, as well as the recent Under Armour connection. He called the UA gear “really cool,” while he couldn’t stop raving about the new facility plans.
“Wow. I mean, the new [indoor] facility and the tunnel – top of the line,” Quansah said. “It’s something I’m really looking forward to if I go there. And the uniforms? I mean, who doesn’t love the uniforms? It’s all great down there. And then we toured around everywhere, and I love Maryland’s campus. It’s a really nice place and a really diverse community. That’s big.”
The Connecticut product met a few current Terps too, specifically mentioning Will Likely. He did not have a chance to catch up with his neighbor from back home, Andrew Isaacs, however.
“Andrew was busy, but I talked to a couple other guys and they were basically telling me what the coaches were saying,” Quansah said. “Like Will, he was telling me how great of a school Maryland is and how everyone takes care of one another there. It sounds like a really good place to be.”
That may be so, but Quansah isn’t anywhere near concluding his recruitment. He said Maryland remains firmly in play, but “I’m giving everybody that’s recruiting me the same opportunity.”
He still isn’t claiming any leaders or standouts, mentioning that he’s looking forward to checking out Michigan, Michigan State, Duke, UVA, UNC, Pitt, Wisconsin and others in due time. In fact, after he returns from Florida, Quansah will be at Duke and North Carolina in late March.
“I’m still thinking I won’t make my [college] decision before after my senior season, but it could possibly be earlier if I find the right fit,” Quansah said. “I’ll know more after I visit a few more schools. We’ll see after that, but right now I’m just taking everything in.”
Quansah Raves About UMD Visit
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