Quarless Talks Recruiting

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, it's hard to imagine a player hiding from anyone. While it has happened in the past, thanks to Penn State assistant Brian Norwood it is not longer a problem in the state of New York. Norwood will find a gem anywhere, as is evidenced by the Nittany Lions getting a foot in the door early with a top prospect from the Empire State.

Uniondale tight end/wide receiver Andrew Quarless (6-4, 225, 4.5) has exploded onto the scene with offers from Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. He has a number of pending scholarships from Illinois, Miami, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State and Pittsburgh.

“From what the coaches have said I think most of them will offer me,” Quarless said.

Some of the attention Quarless could have generated was lost in the fact that he transferred from Holy Trinity to Uniondale after the 2004 season. But when his family put together a highlilght film and posted it on the Internet, it didn't take long for recruiting experts and coaches like Norwood to take notice.

“My grades have come up since I've been in public school, and the competition will be better,” Quarless said when asked about the transfer.

He racked up 39 receptions for 843 yards and six touchdowns last season. The standout athlete also excelled on defense where he recorded 50 tackles and 16 sacks. He earned All-League honors and was presented the Vincent O' Connor award as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Catholic League.

Quarless is still wide open as far as the recruiting process goes, but admittedly tells us that three schools have jumped out and he has visited two of them.

Miami: I really liked it there, the atmosphere is real nice.”

Virginia: I liked the campus and the players; I keep in contact with them.”

Penn State: I like how they use the tight ends and their offensive scheme. They have a great program.

Quarless will get his first look at University Park when he arrives for summer camp. He will also camp at Virginia.

“I was just going to fill out the paperwork for those two camps,” Quarless said.

When all is said and done, what makes Quarless such a big-time prospect?

“I am versatile, and I'm very aggressive, I just make plays,” Quarless said.

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