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Rivals250 LB Lee Kpogba commits to Syracuse

CLASS OF 2019 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | State | Position | Team

CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | State | Position

Lee Kpogba
Lee Kpogba

Rivals250 linebacker Lee Kpogba was committed to West Virginia for months, but he decided to open up his recruitment early last month. After visits to Mississippi State and Syracuse, the Winston Salem (N.C.) Parkland star has decided to commit to head coach Dino Babers and Syracuse.

WHAT HIS COACH SAYS ...

"I think he could be an immediate contributor at Syracuse," Parkland head coach Martin Samek said. "Special teams for sure, and then get in later on defense. He is such a special athlete that it'll be hard for them to keep him off the field.

"I think he'll improve on his hands and his footwork at Syracuse," he said. "They're going to do a good job of helping him there. The college game is a lot faster and everybody is a lot bigger. I'm sure he'll improve on that.

"When Lee went up for the visit I think he felt really comfortable with the coaches and he likes the way the program is going right now," Samek said. "It seems like Syracuse has turned a corner. I think he likes the fact that, even though he won't be in North Carolina, he'll actually play in North Carolina several times a year. They have a lot of things he was looking for, plus they can give him a very good education."

RIVALS' REACTION ...

Kpogba is a tremendous addition for Syracuse and a recruiting class that was one of the worst among Power Five teams. He is extremely athletic and has no problem covering running backs and tight ends in space. Look for Kpogba to bring a lot of energy to the field and help inspire similar effort from his teammates. The former West Virginia commit should see the field very early in his career on special teams and work his way into the starting lineup as the finer points of his game improve.