In the team meeting room he noticed the T.B.A. (Trust, Believe, Accountability) sign. In a few other spots, he saw F.A.M.I.L.Y. (Forget About Me, I Love You) signs hung on walls or over doorways.
It was part of an enlightening Junior Day for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound four-star Gause, who holds a Rutgers offer, and also has the Scarlet Knights high on his list.
"Everybody there is like a family, and everywhere you go, there's little signs of inspiration,'' he said. "You've always got something on the wall like T.B.A., and then F.A.M.I.L.Y. going across when you walk into the building. Different things that keep you inspired as a person.''
A well-rounded athlete on the field and well-grouned individual off it, Gause wants to pursue in a career in broadcasting, and one of the tour guides showing around his group is majoring in it.
That caught Gause's attention, which allowed him to delve deeper into the academic aspect of Rutgers with one of the students.
"She was telling me that in your junior and senior year you do internships, and the school makes sure they're going to help you out and help you get a job,'' Gause said. "They look out for you. It's good to hear stuff like that.
"They laid out the whole academic map first, then explained the football stuff and told us they want to get the best young men to win a national championship.''
The academic support afforded to the players stood out to Gause, and is one of the reasons he is high on Rutgers.
"It's definitely on my top list,'' Gause said. "What hit me the hardest was the academics. They've got tutors. The help is there for you. They basically say, it's basically impossible to fail going to Rutgers because of so much help that you would have to back you up if you're having trouble with a class.
"If you're failing, you've pretty much got to try to fail. That's what impacted me the most. I already know football is going to come.''
"His mission is to turn boys into men in their four years at Rutgers,'' Gause said. "He focuses on the academics and wants everybody to be successful evenly, in football and academics. It's a program I like with the balance of school and football. That's what I like.''
Gause also holds offers from Akron and Syracuse, but more are expected. He is hoping to attend junior days at Pittsburgh and Penn State, as well as Miami, Michigan, Oregon and Duke, although scheduling them all could be a chore.