Education Paramount to Gause

While Syracuse is obviously taking a national approach to recruiting under the new coaching regime, keeping top-notch homegrown players in state will be a focus as well and in the Class of 2011 it might not get a whole lot better than Quentin Gause, another great prospect from Bishop Kearney High School.

Rochester, N.Y., has had a number of quality players over the years and it sounds like linebacker prospect Quentin Gause has been tapping that resource. One thing that continues to come up in conversation with those players and Gause is the importance of a quality education and Syracuse is a school that Gause feels definitely could provide that for him.

"Syracuse is about to have a junior day in February, but I won't be able to make it, so I'm going to try and take an unofficial in March on my own to make up for that," Gause said. "I've been keeping in touch with Coach (Bob) Casullo and he's a great person. He always tells me great things about Syracuse and is a cool, relaxed person who explains what the school has to offer well and shows me a lot of interest."

"Syracuse has one of the best communications schools in the country and that's what I'm excited about and also, Head Coach Doug Marrone has done great things with the program. I know coming from there I'd have a great degree which definitely comes first for me and then of course I'd be playing for a quality football program."

"I want to spend some time there checking out the communications program and if they're in classes I'd love to sit in on one or listen in a little bit," Gause explained. "If I'm going to spend four years there I want to get a good feel for it before I go there and that would help out a lot. I'm going to go down with a bunch of my friends in March to check out the school together because they're a school I'm really interested in both for their academics and football."

"I know the coaching change was difficult, but since then things have really been picking up and I have met Coach Doug Marrone and know he's very serious about success," Gause added. "When I look at them two years down the road I see them being a very successful program if they can get their type of people in. It's obviously not going to be one person, but a group of people that form a team and I feel that Syracuse has the type of staff that will bring in those type of teammates that I would have if I went there."

Gause's Cousin Roland Williams, who played for Syracuse, works for the Versus Network after graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, so he has witnessed first-hand what a degree from the university can do for someone's future. He is also being counseled by several professional and ex-collegiate players from his area who didn't go to Syracuse, but have been stressing the importance of a strong degree to him, which apparently continues to bring Syracuse into the conversation.

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