Rated as the top prospect in the state of Connecticut for the 2016 recruiting class, linebacker Koby Quansah is receiving first-class treatment from programs across the country. Right now, Quansah holds 22 offers to his name, and the three-star prospect on 247sports.com says that four schools remain in contact the most.
“I think I hear from schools like Duke, Rutgers, Boston College and Maryland the most right now,” Quansah said. “But I am talking to coaches here and there when schools pop in.”
Which has been frequently for the highly coveted linebacker.
On Wednesday, Quansah added to his lofty offer sheet when the Nebraska Cornhuskers entered the fray. Quansah had been in contact with Nebraska for quite some time prior, and he was given an indication that Nebraska wanted to offer.
“I first met with coach [Hank] Hughes about a week or two prior,” Quansah said. “He came to my school during May and he said before that they want to offer, but whispered it because I had to leave and do a math test real quick. He said I should give him a call later that night, and from that call he told me he loved the way I presented myself, the way I looked with my physique, and everything he had heard from other teachers and students. Then he told me he would get my film and stuff and talk to the linebacker coach and the defensive staff, sit down and watch it.
“Today coach [Trent] Bray, the linebacker coach gave me a follow [on Twitter], so I sent him a message right away. He told me to just give him a call, then he offered me.”
With the Nebraska offer under his belt, Quansah remained thankful for each school that is interested and maintained that he is keeping a level headed approach to the recruiting process.
“Whenever I pick up any offer no matter who they are, it’s always a humbling feeling,” Quansah said. “It’s a great program so knowing I have the opportunity to continue my academic career and football career at any school is just a blessing right there.”
In order to properly evaluate that blessing, however, Quansah would have to visit the Nebraska campus to truly see what the Cornhuskers have to offer. Quansah say he has not thought about making that trip just yet, though.
“Not really. I thought about it a little bit, but schools like that where its further away from the east coast, I don’t always have the means to catch a flight and go see them,” Quansah said. “A lot of the west coast teams, I’m waiting for official visits where they pay for me to come out. Some coaches understand that, and some coaches say they still want me to come out. Then some schools won’t offer. But once they do offer, it’s a little easier because then I know the interest is there, and I don’t want to waste my mom’s time or money to come out there and not have an offer.”
Once it does come time for Quansah to use his official visits, the 6’1”, 212-pound linebacker will have a tough decision to make with only five possible visits and over 20 offers. At this point, Quansah says he ahs “not really” thought about where he would like to take his official visits to yet.
“I know coach Baker from Northwestern tried to set up one with me, but I’m still not sure about that,” Quansah said. “I think he still put it in just in case I can come or I can take it off if something comes up down the line, but I haven’t really thought about it yet.”
After taking his official visits, Quansah will have a more clear idea of where he would like to play college football at. That decision is one that he does not expect to last until National Signing Day, though.
“I think earlier than that,” Quansah said. “That’s a long wait. If I do, I might do a silent commit where I commit early so that the school knows and my spot is reserved on the team. Then I’d have a more public reveal. I got invited to the Simper Fidelis All-American bowl, so I’d like to give a shout out to all the people that have helped me get to that position.”
Quansah is busy preparing for the start of his senior season before he reaches that juncture, though.
“Its been going well,” Quansah said of his offseason. “I’ve been seeing strides in speed, strength and weight as well. Even just coming off of track season, I’ve seen myself blow up in weight increasingly as well. Right now it’s always improving. The only thing that I think I can improve on better is my feet a little more and hands a little well.”
At this point, Quansah has a very well-rounded game that slates him as the top player in the state of Connecticut. Whichever school lands Quansah can expect to receive a flexible linebacker that is accustomed to commandeering a defense.
“I would say that I’m more of a leader on the field, pretty much quarterback of the defense,” Quansah said. “I know where my defensive linemen and defensive backs have to go. I tell my players where they have to be before the offense calls the play. I’m more of a leader in that aspect, but I also see myself as a physical and a smart player. I’m versatile as well because I can be physical enough to come through the line to make a tackle or be athletic enough with my hits and go cover a receiver or back someone up on the field. My blitzing ability is another thing that a lot of coaches see as well, because I can go through the line virtually untouched and making a big sack when needed.”
Quansah says he sees himself playing “wherever is needed”, and notes that some schools like him at outside linebacker, while some project him on the inside.