The two spent plenty of time together this weekend during an official visit, and the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gopre sees it as the right match for him in college.
"I believe he will make a big change in the right direction," Gopre said. "He's going to get that Rutgers defense going. I look forward to getting after it."
Gopre plans to make it official Wednesday on National Signing Day. When he does, it will be a major moment for celebration in his family.
"I feel pretty good about it," Gopre said. "I look forward to going to Rutgers and being a big help for them as they go to the Big Ten.
"It's going to mean a lot to me, especially for my mother and my family. I believe I'll be the first one going to college out of my whole family. That's big."
Gopre racked up huge numbers as a senior – 170 tackles, 38 TFLs and 14 sacks – on his way to defensive player of the year honors in New Jersey. While Gopre had a strong senior year, his weekend host Steve Longa had a similar impact as a freshman at Rutgers.
Longa earned Freshman All-America honors at linebacker, and was quick to share tips with Gopre over the weekend.
"It was good," Gopre said. "I got to meet him a little bit more. He talked to me about a lot of things that I should look forward to and how to stay humble going in as a freshman and stuff like that. He was just giving me good insight."
Like many prospects on their Rutgers official visit, a trip to Manhattan on the eve of the Super Bowl made for strong memories.
"Our trip to New York let us see a lot of things because of the Super Bowl," Gopre said. "We had a lot of fun at Dave & Busters too. That was good. That was my first time ever going there. I hope I can go again.
"It was pretty good. I had fun and really enjoyed myself. I had a chance to meet some of the Rutgers players and they had good advice for me. They welcomed me."