Gopre Still Grinding

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said on Signing Day that he expects New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy linebacker Sidney Gopre to be cleared for summer action after a year of academic hurdles. Gopre is back home in New Jersey for spring, and spoke with Scout about the latest in his situation.

Twice blocked from Rutgers enrollment for academic reasons, former New Jersey superstar linebacker Sidney Gopre is only more motivated for his anticipated summer arrival.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound weakside linebacker left Rutgers earlier in the semester for academic reasons, but head coach Kyle Flood spoke confidently on Signing Day about a summer enrollment for Gopre.

Flood’s confidence was all Gopre needed.

“They’re still waiting to find out for sure,” Gopre said. “But they’re keeping me up to date about it, so I like that. … It stinks, but I’m just keeping a positive mindset right now.”

Gopre has not yet received desired clearance, but is in constant contact with the coaching staff and hopes to enroll with the rest of the 2015 class in May.

“It was disappointing, but I’m using the time to just prepare myself even more,” Gopre said. “I know I missed spring ball, but as of right now, I’m working even harder just because of missing spring ball. When I get down there in the summer, I’m going to be up to date.”

Gopre has not set foot on the Rutgers campus since he left in the winter. Instead, the former Newark (N.J.) Weequahic star lives an eat, sleep, work out, repeat lifestyle.

“I’m going hard every day right now,” Gopre said. “I run in the morning and, after that I relax a little bit, then I go lift. I’m working consistently every day.”

Away from the waiting game, Gopre wants to push his weight higher before he enrolls. He prepped at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy in 2014 and could join as many as four teammates “on the Banks” in cornerback Blessuan Austin, defensive lineman Kenneth Roman, fullback Conor Dowd and receiver Joseph Gause.

“I’m just ready,” Gopre said. “I’ve been waiting and waiting, and … I see myself being a Big Ten linebacker very soon.”

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