Irish to see new linebacker

Notre Dame plans to visit three-star linebacker Koby Quansah this week. Quansah now holds 21 offers and Irish interest has grown in recent weeks.

When Koby Quansah learned Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Elston was scheduled to visit him this week at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn., he quickly sent the coach a link to his junior highlight film.

Elston’s response left Quansah hopeful for an Irish offer.

“The message he sent me sounded promising,” Quansah said. “He said he already saw it and that’s why he’s coming.”

Elston and assistant coach Scott Booker are expected to visit the 6-foot-1, 220-pound three-star linebacker on Tuesday.

“I think they’re just visiting the school,” Quansah said. “If they come after school I’ll just work out for them.”

Several other schools also have been in contact with Quansah, who now holds 21 offers. Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Illinois are among those with an early bid to land Quansah’s signature next February.

Most schools are recruiting Quansah to play linebacker but a handful prefer him as a running back.

As a junior he rushed for 1,248 yards and 18 touchdowns on 120 carries. On defense he recorded 122 tackles, including 15 for a loss, 3 ½ sacks and forced two fumbles in eight games.

“I bring the key role of a leader to the defensive side of the ball, knowing where everyone has to be,” Quansah said. “I bring physicality and speed to the defense and I'm able to run downhill and make a big tackle but I’m capable to cover receivers and backs. I’m untouchable when I blitz and always make the tackle, whether it be a big hit or just a form tackle.”

Quansah has already visited Boston College, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Rutgers. He hopes to see several more programs this summer.

The visits could help him identify his favorite schools.

“I don’t really have any schools sticking out,” he said. “A lot are on the same level of interest.” ranks Quansah as the 41st best linebacker in the nation. Top Stories