Gause Sets Sights On ND

Athlete Quentin Gause from Bishop Kearney High School (Rochester, N.Y.) has five scholarship offers and he'd like to add to that number in the coming months. Gause has been staying in contact with the Notre Dame coaching staff and he'd like to see the Irish added to his offer sheet.

Brian Kelly has shown a tendency for recruiting athletes and Quentin Gause (6-foot-2, 215-pounds) certainly fits that bill. Gause isn't certain which position he'll end up playing at the next level, but he'd like to have Notre Dame as an option.

"I'm really interested in Notre Dame and I've been keeping in contact with them," Gause said. "I've been talking to coach Molnar to see when the spring game is. I'm trying to get down there, so I can a more in-depth conversation about the program and build a better relationship with the coaches.

""I talked to the old coaching staff about playing running back, wide receiver or linebacker. I haven't spoken to the new staff about that yet. I'm going to call them during the week and see what plans they have for the class of 2011 and what position that they're looking at me for.

If Gause makes it to South Bend in April, it won't be the first time he's visited Notre Dame, and he's hoping it won't be his last either.

"I went the 2007 football camp at Notre Dame," Gause explained. "I was impacted by the tradition. I loved the campus and the way the players and coaches interacted. It just feels like home when I go there. That's what I get from Notre Dame every time I go there, and the tradition is still there despite the new coaching staff.

"The coaching change won't affect my decision. I know Brian Kelly is a serious coach, and he took the job because he knew he could make an impact on the program. The quality of his coaching will make a difference. The education is obviously important, it always comes first.

"Notre Dame is definitely up there at the top," he said. "I have offers from Louisville, Akron, Syracuse, Rutgers and Duke. I'm definitely trying to get to Notre Dame. I'm still trying to decide where else I'm going to take trips to."

The trip to Notre Dame is next on Gause's schedule, but there are more in the works.

"We're definitely planning more things. We don't get a lot of recruiting attention up here in Rochester. It isn't a recruiting hub like the South or Ohio. I know if we keep on going to college camps, seven-on-sevens and stuff like that, that we'll get more exposure for everyone. It's a mission that we started when I was in seventh grade, to get exposure for as many athletes as we can in order to give them an opportunity for a scholarship. It's been working and getting better every year and I know it will continue to get better after I graduate. " Top Stories