Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: New York, NY
High School: Cardinal Hayes
2010 Stats: Jeremiah caught 9 passes for 97 yards and a TD at Milford Academy last year.
2011 Projections: I'm a fan. Jeremiah is a lot like Dorian Graham in terms of speed, but with less suspect hands. I'm not sure what his role in the offense will be this year, but I suspect he will get some playing time. I would also be surprised if he wasn't returning kicks and/or punts this season.
Here's what I wrote about Jeremiah in my post-Spring report card:
Jeremiah Kobena: (B+) — This kid can absolutely fly. Kobena is going to find the field in some capacity this year, as he has some great experience in high school as a return guy. I think that he can play a similar role to Graham in the offense, as a deep threat, and we may also see the team run some reverses for him, to get the ball in his hands in the open field.
How'd He Get Here?: Jeremiah chose SU over Rutgers and Pittsburgh. He cited the ability to be a part of the rebirth of Syracuse football as one reason for choosing Syracuse. I'm sure Doug Marrone's NYC ties and general awesomeness didn't hurt either.
What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: Scout gave Kobena the requisite 2-star treatment, while Rivals was a bit more optimistic, giving Jeremiah 3-stars.
"I really didn't want to go to a school already top five, prestigious wise, like for say, LSU. It's already prestigious. It's already up there. I want to go up there where I can make a big impact. Compared to us (in New York), those kids down south are alaready developed. A lot of city kids don't get a lot of love from down south. Syracuse has been struggling the last four years. I feel lilke I can contribute there with my ability. I can contribute to the team a lot."
What Does Doug Marrone Think?: Marrone on the freshman receivers:
"Jeremiah Kobena we knew could run, and he was here in the spring. The other two kids, they’ve done a nice job."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Kobena's success in track is pretty well documented. The man can run a 10.7 in the 100-meter. Also, his nickname is "Juice". Why hasn't this been more utilized?
Let Us Get a Good Look At You:
Here's Kobena running some track:
Varsity Boys 100m Prelims Heat 2 CHSAA City Championships 5-23-2009 (via EDJPROV)