The duo quickly bonded, and Gause offered Morris plenty of advice on the transition to Big Ten football.
“He told me to utilize all of the things that I have,” Morris said. “Even though I won’t start off the get go, still watch film with the coaches, take in as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. … Don’t take anything for granted. Once you get your position, see what you can do with it.”
It took Gause three seasons to get on the field, and enters his final Rutgers season as the projected first-team strongside linebacker. Morris expects to come in at the same position and learn from Gause and linebackers coach Bob Fraser.
“Quentin is a lot like myself, I realized,” Morris said. “I’m strong with my faith, and that’s something we connected on. We have similar play styles. He’s a really nice guy, but on the field he changes. I’m like that. When I’m talking to you, I’m a nice guy. But once the helmet comes on and the mission is to win the game, everything changes.”
Morris enjoyed meeting time with Fraser, who coaches special teams and linebackers for the Scarlet Knights after his return from two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“He sees me as a guy that can play all three linebacker positions,” Morris said. “He said the more I know, the more I can help the team. Coach Fraser thinks I can really make a difference. I believe I can do that and help Rutgers win a Big Ten Championship.”
With 12 class of 2015 commitments on their official visits this weekend, Morris said the group got along well. They enjoyed time together away from parents and coaches.
“We’ve hearing a lot about the RU dream team of 16, but we’re just like, our class is going to make a difference,” Morris said. “I’m not saying that against underclassmen. But being with these guys, we all have the same mission. We know what we want to get done. We’re a humble class, but we’re going to take the opportunities when they come in front of us.
“OK, we didn’t have all five stars coming out. When it comes down to it, we’re going to show all of those guys up. We all have that want to win a Big Ten Championship. We all have that goal of making a name for ourselves. There are a lot of great players that came out of high school without the stars.”
Morris is ready for Signing Day.
“Rutgers is one of those programs that has a great education and a good football team on the rise,” Morris said. “I knew I was going to go there when I committed. Going up there this weekend, now it’s 110 percent ready.”