2011 N.Y. linebacker picks up Rutgers offer

It was only a matter of time before the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from upstate New York picked up a Rutgers offer, and that time has come. The class of 2011 player received a written offer from the Scarlet Knights this week, his third offer overall. He talked about the significance of the offer, his recruitment, and what schools could be offering in the future.

Quentin Gause is 1,700 miles from home, but it didn't quell his enthusiasm when his dad told him what came in the mail.

"I called and read it to him, and he was excited,'' Richard Gause said. "It was a written offer from (Rutgers coach) Greg Schiano.''

Quentin, a four-star linebacker from Bishop Kearney (Rochester, N.Y.), is in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl junior combine, readying to test his skills against some of the nation's best.

"When he called me, he said, ‘Quentin, guess what happened,' ‘' the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Gause said. "I said, ‘What happened?' He said, ‘You've got a Rutgers offer.' I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness.' It's a blessing.

"I've gone down there many times and talked to (assistant) coach (Robert) Fraser …I knew it was going to come, but I didn't know when it was going to come.''

When Gause returns from Texas, he won't be home for long.

Rutgers is holding its annual Junior Day on Jan. 16, and he plans on attending.

"I want to go to the junior day and check everything out, get more of a feeling,'' Gause said.

Gause also holds offers from Syracuse and Akron, but many more are sure to come.

He said he has heard from a bundle of schools and has compiled a top list.

"Miami, Rutgers, Oregon, Syracuse, LSU, Penn State, Michigan, (and) it goes one,'' Gause said. "I'm still taking my time and visiting schools and learning more about their academic programs, making sure it's the right fit for me, because that's what is going to come first.

"Without that degree, you can't do anything. You can play football, but you might get hurt. My grandma passed away around this time last year, and she always used to tell me, ‘Quentin, keep academics up first. Play football second.' ‘'

The proximity of Rutgers, Syracuse and Akron to Gause's Rochester home allowed him to visit nearby schools, and afforded those schools to become familiar with Gause.

That may be one of the reasons some of the other schools are yet to offer him.

"A lot of schools would rather see you than just doing it blindly,'' Gause said. "It's like you go online, and meet somebody online, and you never see them before and you try to marry them. You want to meet them first.''

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