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People say that if you are talented, coaches will find you no matter where you are. While that may be true, it never hurts for a young athlete in search of a college scholarship to market themselves. Besides offering your name, picture, high-light film, bench press, GPA, etc., to recruiting websites, a valuable tool in marketing oneself has become summer camp. Chris Quaye, a 6'0'', 235 lb fullback/linebacker from Sicklerville (Timber Creek HS), NJ has marketed himself well this summer, attending two summer camps and leaving very favorable impressions on the coaching staffs.
Sicklerville, NJ is located just off the Atlantic City Expressway just south of Philadelphia. Despite a 3-7 record last year, Quaye recorded some impressive individual numbers, racking up 118 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 12 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks on defense and 122 running attempts for 826 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns to go with 21 catches for 205 yards on offense.
Regardless of his team's struggles last year, college recruiters, including Penn State's Ron Vanderlinden, came to visit Chris in the spring. But the senior-to-be went out this summer and proved himself more to the two schools he has on top of his list right now -- Penn State and Rutgers.
Chris attended the Penn State camp from June 26 through the 29th.
"I had a lot of fun. I liked working with the coaches there. I was talking with the linebacker coach, Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden, the whole time up there. Before I even got to the camp, I already knew him, so when I got there it was fun to talk with him," said Chris of his first experience at Penn State.
Because Chris plays both ways at linebacker and fullback, some teams are split on where they like him the best. Most likely, he'll only play one position in college. Which spot are schools recruiting him for?
"It's actually a little of both, but I want to play linebacker. I think I have more potential there because I just learned how to play linebacker last year and I had a pretty good season at it. I think with more work that I'll be a lot better."
According to Chris, Coach Vanderlinden definitely seemed excited about the Chris' potential at linebacker. What aspects of his game did the coach like?
"He liked my footwork and my quickness -- how I can get from point A to point B. I'm very fast," said Chris, who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at Penn State's camp. "He said he'd love to have me at Penn State."
But if Chris does sign with the Nittany Lions, it seems that another coach may try to steal him away from the defense and utilize his speed and strength (335 lb. bench, 500 lb. dead lift, and 600 lb. squat) on offense.
"Penn State was also looking at me for fullback. When I went up there, I was focusing on linebacker but we had to do two positions, so I moved to running back and they noticed me. The running back coach (Galen Hall) said they were going to keep in touch with me."
"When I went to Rutgers, they liked me at both, but right now they are just looking at me as linebacker. They said if I go there, they'll see when I get there," said Chris, who attended one day of Rutgers camp on his way home from Penn State.
With interest from schools like Penn State, Rutgers, North Carolina, Iowa, Maryland, and Marshall, which schools stand out in Chris' mind?
"Penn State, Rutgers, and recently I started looking at North Carolina. I like their program too."
"Rutgers has offered me and Penn State said they were going to offer me. And, I have an offer (written) from Temple."
Did Penn State give Chris a timetable to when they would offer him the scholarship?
"They told my coach (John Small) that. My coach never told me the exact date, but they told him that. It was during the school year."
Does he have any more unofficial visits or camps lined up for the remainder of the summer?
"Not right now. I was supposed to go to Maryland, but that never worked out," stated Chris about their camp for which he never registered. "I liked Maryland when I went up there."
Chris admitted that he was anxious to begin the season, hoping to turn around Timber Creek's sub-par year last season. A strong senior campaign, coupled with the fact that he is qualified (3.3 GPA and 970 SAT), should prove to make Chris a very popular man with college coaches this fall.
(Interview by Steve Curry)