New SEC offer pops up for Quansah

West Hartford (CT) Kingswood-Oxford running back/linebacker Koby Quansah has been looking for that first big SEC offer to come in and join a growing list that begin back when he was a sophomore. On Tuesday, he received news that he had just that thanks to the coaches at Vanderbilt. He spoke with VandyMania.com on the latest developments in his recruiting journey.

"The recruiting interest from Vanderbilt started by messaging with the head coach on Twitter," Koby Quansah said. "The linebackers coach, Coach Thompson, was who offered me today. He said that he thinks that I could be coached up and be a great running back, but wanted to offer me as a linebacker. He said he could see me, with my versatility, playing either inside or outside linebacker. He said there was a lot to like in my game with fluid movement in my hips and that I key well to the ball.

"The SEC is a prestigious conference, thought of as one of the best in the country. It would be an honor for me to play in the SEC, but to also be offered by Vanderbilt, with their great academic that would set you up for life after football when you graduate, it's a very special offer to have. It's going to be tough to visit with finances and my mother's work schedule, but I would love to see the campus sometime in person."

Syracuse and Boston College both offered Quansah as a sophomore. During the 2014 season he received offers from Connecticut, Duke, and Maryland. After the season ended, he's reeled in additional offers from Northwestern, Old Dominion, Pitt, and now Vanderbilt. It comes off a season in which he rushed for 1278 yards on 120 and had 18 total touchdowns. He received all of the post-season accolades, however, at linebacker where he made 120-plus tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and four sacks, and was recognized as All-New England.

"I've mainly received most of my recruiting attention at outside linebacker, but that could be changing," he said. "The Stanford coach told me that they're only taking one running back in this class and after watching me he would prefer to offer me at running back and is submitting my film to their running backs coach for him to evaluate. I know I can get the job done regardless of the position I'm playing. That won't be a main factor for me in college. The education will be. That's my top priority but I also want to find a nice campus to live on for the next four years."

The Wyverns of Kingswood-Oxford fell in the Mike Atkins New England Championship Bowl to Hyde School (Woodstock, CT) by a score of 61-46. Quansah still put in a stellar performance rushing for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. His senior goal is to get back to the bowl and win this time around.

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