The offer sheet for Roswell (Ga.) defensive end Koby Cumberlander has grown to 18 schools. But in the past week, two new offers have likely changed the course of his recruitment.
Early last week, Michigan State made an offer. Virginia Tech followed suit on Friday.
Cumberlander now has an official visit set. He’s also getting a good feel for his recruitment, which could end soon as well.
“Michigan State has been my dream school,” Cumberlander said. “My uncle played basketball there in the 80s. Kevin Willis played there and to be another family member, getting a chance to play there, it’s a huge honor and a blessing.”
Cumberlander now has an official visit set to East Lansing for Jan. 13. He hopes to get an even better feel for the program and campus then.
“The crazy thing is, my family going there, they put it on my brothers and me that Michigan State is the school we love, so you guys should love ‘em,” Cumberlander said. “Since I was seven, I’ve loved Michigan State. Since I was young, I thought about playing there.”
The Hokies might be late with an offer, but Cumberlander has already seen the program first-hand. He and one of his teammates visited Blacksburg last month for the Hokies’ game against Georgia Tech.
“The campus is beautiful and the environment itself is so nice,” Cumberlander said. “After the Michigan State offer, a week later, they DM’d me on my Twitter to give them a call. My coach told me I got an offer. Since it’s so late in the process, it’s kinda crazy because schools are starting to bite. It’s crazy. They could have offered me early in the season. My D-line coach has been telling their staff they needed to offer me.”
Cumberlander said he’s also spoken with his teammate, Malik Willis, a Virginia Tech commitment. And while Willis has pulled for his teammate to join him, he also gave him some advice.
“That’s my boy,” Cumberlander said. “He DM’d me the other day, asking if I got a Virginia Tech offer. He told me to choose the school I feel like I’m supposed to go to. Just follow your heart.”
For now, Cumberlander said he could make a decision as soon as the middle of January. But he’s also making sure to keep a few aspects in mind when making his choice.
“Honestly, the most important thing to me and my mom, is going to a school, not just sports, but where I can get the best education,” Cumberlander said. “My mom wants me to go five years. I wanna major in sports medicine and get the best out of it. Another thing is going to a school where I feel comfortable with the coaches and teammates, where I can build a bond with the coaches and my teammates, going to bowl games and playing for a national title.”