Jeremiah Kobena is one of the fastest prospects from the state of New York. Kobena, 6-0 and 185 pounds, is from Cardinal Hayes in the Bronx and earlier today he made his decision to state in-state.
"I committed today to Syracuse," Kobena said. "I talked with my mother and told her that that's where I want to be. I know if anything where to happen to me (injury wise) then Syracuse would take care of me."
What were some of the factors as to why Kobena selected Syracuse over Rutgers, Pitt and UConn?
"They are going through the rebuilding process right now and have been really struggling for about four years now. Their recruiting has struggled. Coach (Doug) Marrone really wants to turn things around to where they were and I want to help the turnaround. I want Syracuse to get back where they are supposed to be. And I want to give some city love to Syracuse and help them recruit players from here."
Kobena also says he felt comfortable with Marrone because he can relate to his future coach.
"Yeah, we really hit it off. He's from where I am from so we connected. I mean he took the train to school and I take the train to school. That helped me feel comfortable with him."
Kobena, a consistent 10.6 to 10.8 100 in the meters, hopes to play running back or slot receiver for the Orangemen. Last season he played a little bit of everything and recorded 1,000 all-purpose yards and seven schools. Kobena will also play cornerback this fall.