Quarless On Penn State

For months Andrew Quarless entered into a self-imposed exile from the media. Now that he has committed to Penn State, he has granted us an interview. Obviously, the talented tight end is very happy with his decision and even happier the process is over.

Quarless made the Nittany Nation very happy last week when the nation's No. 9 rated tight end from Uniondale, N.Y., committed to Penn State. On Monday, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete talked to Scout.com about his decision. It was speculated for months that Quarless had actually reached a decision months ago.

“I told the coaches before that I really liked them, I said there's a good chance that I was going there, but I didn't do it officially until last week,” Quarless said.

As fixated as Quarless was on the Nittany Lions, Michigan, which finished second, put on a strong push for his services.

“Both schools are good, they have a strong tradition and great coaches,” Quarless said. “At Penn State I just felt more comfortable being around the people there and that's why I chose them.”

Anyone who was viewed film of Quarless wonder where he will play in college: defensive end or tight end? This year the versatile athlete played quarterback, defensive end, kicker, punter, wide receiver, running back and tight end,. He caught 31 passes for 600 yards, he ran more than 20 times for 325 yards and scored nine touchdowns. Overall, Quarless put up more than 1,200 all-purpose yards. Defensively he recorded 14 sacks, 60 tackles and three interceptions.

“Penn State wants me at tight end and that's where I want too play,” he said. “They have blocking tight ends, but they want someone who can open some things up. I played everywhere this year; I even started a game at quarterback. I don't mind. I do whatever I have to to help the team win.”

Another area that has been a concern in the past was academics and through good old-fashioned hard work, Quarless has erased those doubts.

“I have a 3.0 GPA, everything is good,” he said. “I plan on getting to Penn State during the spring for practices and the spring game. I want to get there this summer and take some classes.

Quarless earned All-County and All-Borough honors this year for Uniondale.


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