Catching up with Rutgers recruit - Chris Quaye

In the first of a series, caught up with members of the Rutgers recruiting Class of 2005, to see what they have been up to since signing their National Letters of Intent last February.

Chris Quaye (6'0"- 230, 4.5 forty), the two-way athlete from Timber Creek Regional High School, never had to be sold on attending Rutgers. Chris was committed to Rutgers from the beginning and throughout the recruiting process, never wavered in his decision. A gifted athlete with a knack for being around the football, Chris is a person of impeccable character that will represent Rutgers with pride and dignity. Secure in his decision to play for his home state school, Chris not only had to overcome the negative perception that still exists in South Jersey about going to Rutgers, but also had to overcome his parents wishes for Chris to attend Penn State. "When Mr. and Mrs. Quay accompanied Chris to Penn State, they were most impressed with the stadium, facilities and tradition of the program. Recalled Mrs. Quay, "We really felt at the time that Penn State was the best place for Christopher."

However, having already attended camp at Rutgers, Chris was adamant in wanting to go to Rutgers. Eventually, Mr. and Mrs. Quay visited Rutgers and came around to their son's way of thinking. Mrs. Quay had this to say about Rutgers. "When we visited Rutgers, we found the facilities to be even better than Penn State and after meeting Coach Schiano, we both came away tremendously impressed. I know Coach Schiano is going to take good care of my boy and I know they will make sure that Chris studies hard and graduates." Mr. and Mrs. Quay plan on attending all Rutgers home games and most of the away games.

Although Chris played both linebacker and running back in high school, he will play linebacker for the Scarlet Knights. As a junior Chris recorded 118 tackles and five forced fumbles. While his numbers were down as a senior, mostly due to an injury causing him to miss the first four games of his senior season, Chris still ended the season with 72 tackles, including 26 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Chris was a unanimous All-Conference pick at linebacker and earned All State Group III honors. Timber Creek head coach John Small had this to say about Chris. "He is not only one of the nicest kids you'll ever meet, but he is also a great player. He is an extremely intelligent football player and has improved dramatically in my two years here. He leads by example and when he turned it up a notch, he was unstoppable on both sides of the ball."

To prepare for his upcoming season at Rutgers, Chris has been following the weight- training regimen given to him by Rutgers and running track and field. When asked how he felt about leaving home for the first time, Chris stated that, "he was really looking forward to living on his own." Chris feels that with the depth at the linebacking position, he will in all likelihood redshirt as a freshman.

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