Gopre Shines in Front of Future Coach

PRINCETON, N.J. -- New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy outside linebacker Sidney Gopre felt right at home in his first game in the Garden State since reclassifying to the 2015 class. Gopre forced three turnovers in a span of five offensive plays for the opponent, and did so in a game visited by Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood.

With New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy leading Princeton by four points in the third quarter, Sidney Gopre kicked it up a notch. One of Gopre’s former coaches – Weequahic assistant Darnell Mangan – and his future coach – Kyle Flood – were in the stands and it was time to impress.

Gopre blitzed off the edge from the weak side and sack No. 2.5 forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Two plays later, Gopre jarred a bubble screen pass loose for an interception. After a quick Milford score, Gopre forced another fumble and recovered it.

Game over.

“I just wanted to come out in the second half with a little bit more momentum,” Gopre said after finalizing a 30-12 victory. “In the first half we started out a little slow, so it was time to pick it up.”

Flood hit many schools during the Rutgers bye week, but finished it off by seeing Gopre, who remains committed to the Scarlet Knights after needing a prep school semester to qualify academically.

“It meant a lot,” Gopre said on Flood’s visit. “I was pretty nervous at first. But when the second half came, I just got comfortable and played my game. I think he liked what he saw.”

Gopre most recently saw Rutgers for its victory over Tulane, and he will be back in December for an official visit.

“I like mostly everything about Rutgers,” Gopre said. “I love the atmosphere and the family spirit, the overall school atmosphere. I like how the defense is playing right now. They’re blitzing a lot and making a lot of plays. They’re proving a lot of people wrong. They’re starting off good this year, so hopefully that continues.”

Milford Academy most recently helped safety Delon Stephenson and defensive tackle Eric Wiafe get eligible for Rutgers. Gopre remains on track for January enrollment, he said.

“I’m learning a lot,” Gopre said. “I’m getting experience at the next level. I’m getting better at my techniques, covering 1-on-1 man coverage and stuff like that.

“I’m definitely getting prepared for Rutgers. I’m doing what I need to.”

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