Quarless Has Top Four

Uniondale, N.Y. tight end Andrew Quarless has had a busy summer. The 6-4, 225-pound two-way player has visited a number of schools already, and has been able to single a few schools out from the many schools recruiting him. Do the Irish have a shot at Quarless?

When you put up impressive numbers, college coaches will come calling. Tight end prospect Andrew Quarless has quickly found that out.

"I had a pretty good junior season," Quarless said. "I had 900 receiving yards on 40 catches. I also had six touchdowns. On defense I had 16 sacks and 50 tackles."

Plenty of schools have taken notice and Quarless has a number of official offers already under his belt.

"Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, Miami, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Rutgers, Penn State...those are the schools that have offered me. There might be more. I think I have around 10," Quarless said.

The Irish also are interested in the talented Quarless.

"They send me stuff all the time. They send me a lot of letters," Quarless said of the Irish. "I haven't really talked to them yet, but I'm definitely interested. I have their coach's number that is recruiting me. I'm going to call him real soon.

"Everyone knows about Notre Dame. They have a good program, and everyone knows it's a great academic school, and that's what I'm interested in. I just need to make sure my academics are in order for there."

We asked Quarless how he was sitting academically after his last semester of school.

"I scored a 960 on the SAT, and I have a 3.0 in my core," he said.

Quarless has recently visited a number of schools that he's interested in.

"I went to visit Miami and Virginia earlier," Quarless said. "I also went to camp at Penn State and Virginia.

"I really liked all of them. I like the coaching staffs at all the places I visited."

We asked Quarless which side of the ball most schools are recruiting him for.

"Most are recruiting me for tight end," he said. "Some are saying linemabcker. I prefer offense though.

"I'm really looking for schools that use the tight end a lot and have good academics."

Does Quarless have any favorites at this time?

"I'd say Virginia, Miami, Notre Dame and Penn State are my top schools right now," Quarless said.

Comments: The Irish haven't offered Quarless yet, but they have indicated that could happen soon. Quarless said he wanted to make sure he would qualify for Notre Dame before pursuing the Irish. It sounds like he has and he said he'd be getting in contact with the Irish coaches very soon. He did seem to have a sincere interest in Notre Dame.

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