Chris Quaye (6'1"- 230, 4.5 forty), the two-way athlete from Timber Creek Regional High School, is one of those hard-nosed athletes that Greg Schiano looks for in building his football program. Chris, who plays both linebacker and running back for the Chargers, ran for 822 yards, 4 touchdowns and had 21 catches for over 200 yards as a junior last season. On defense, Chris recorded 118 tackles and five forced fumbles. Chris who also runs track in the spring has spent the summer working out five days a week to prepare for his upcoming senior year.
RutgersInsider.com had an opportunity to catch up with Chris and see how the recruiting process has been going.
Chris spent part of the summer camping at Penn State and Rutgers, who both lead for his services. The Penn State and Rutgers camps overlapped, so Chris made it to just the final day at Rutgers. Chris reported, however, that he participated on the 7-on-7-drill and his team made it to the championship game, eventually losing.
To date, Chris has written offers from Rutgers and Temple as well as verbal offers from Penn State, Maryland, Marshall and Louisville. "Right now my top two choices are clearly Rutgers and Penn State. The atmosphere at Penn State is really nice and the coaches have been extremely upfront with me." Chris added that linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden who is also responsible for recruiting South Jersey is recruiting him.
When we last caught up with Chris in June he had yet to visit Rutgers. Having now visited campus, Chris had this to say, "I was blown away with the facilities at Rutgers. Everything is state-of-the-art, it was pretty amazing. I really like the coaches a great deal. As a younger person, you can really relate to them."
At this point in time, Chris plans on taking all five official visits. His five official visits will be Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland, Marshall and the fifth visit will be between Iowa and Temple. One of the reasons Chris is holding off in making a decision is that with a highly successful senior year, Chris feels his recruiting ranking would go up and he would receive more offers.
Chris who stated that he
would definitely be attending the Michigan State game was asked if a Rutgers
win or loss would affect his decision to play for Rutgers. "If they lose,
I would still attend, but a win would influence me a lot. I also don't think
this just applies to me. I believe a lot of recruits are looking at the Michigan
State game to see what progress Rutgers has made." Chris also stated that
success on the field by Rutgers could influence him into making an early decision.