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Facebook is great, but frankly, it doesn't mix very well with college football recruiting at all. SyracuseFan.com spoke with running back Jeremiah Kobena on Thursday night to make sure he was still with the Orange and found that it was never in question.

Jeremiah Kobena, a 5-foot-11.5, 175-pound running back from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx is ready to come to Syracuse and the one thing he's focused on along with his education is bringing his swag to the program.

"That's been up there since last January," Kobena said. "I stopped talking to them a long time ago and just took it down tonight when you brought it up. They were my favorite about 18 months ago."

"I want to come in and do sports management and when I went on my visit it was really obvious that Newhouse is an incredible school and I was really in good hands there," Kobena explained. "Academics were always my top priority, so it was a huge advantage for Syracuse to have that school available to me."

"I got along well with the coaching staff and met the new wide receivers coach Rob Moore on my visit and he's incredible. He's just really cool and knows so much about the game that it's great being around him. I like every single coach there because they're a bunch of characters, especially Coach Anselmo. He's such a funny guy that you can't help but want to be around him."

"About 90-percent of my athletic decision was based on Syracuse tradition and I feel like that's something we need to get back, no doubt about it," Kobena stated. "I give it two years of really hard work and we'll get back up there near the top where Syracuse Football is supposed to be."

"When I went up there I told the coaches that right now we have no swagger and that's something that we need to bring back," Kobena added. "I'm a character and like to have fun when I'm on the field, so I'll bring that. I know those Florida boys coming up have some heavy swag to them too, so we're all going to fit in well. I met Phillip Thomas and he was crazy. He brings the swagger to the defensive side of the ball and I want to help bring it on offense."

As a senior, Kobena had 1200 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns on his way to first-team All-City honors.

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