Newark (N.J.) Weequahic is located in an area more known for its high school basketball, but football is also hitting its mark at the school. Linebacker Sidney Gopre already reeled in his first offer, which makes him excited to see where the rest of his recruiting process takes him.
"Recruiting has been cool," said Gopre, who is 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds. "I'm being contacted by a couple of schools via Facebook and letters, and I get some calls. Temple gave me my first offer."
Gopre shared his thoughts regarding his first offer.
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"It felt good," he said. "I talk with some coaches from other schools, and that felt great, but being offered felt better. I think Temple is a good school, whose program is getting better each year. My mentor, Tahir Whitehead, went there also."
Besides Temple, Gopre has also been receiving consistent interest from Rutgers, Miami, Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State. Currently, there are two visits scheduled, but more may be on the way.
"The only ones I know of now are Rutgers and Temple, but my coaches said that I may go to a few more," said Gopre, who has been invited to the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour.
During his junior season, Gopre was a major part of his teams run to a state championship game.
"This season I improved on playing in the middle and reading the offensive line," said Gopre. "My sophomore year we ran a 5-3, so I was more of a stand-up end who rushed and kept contain. This year we ran a 4-3 and 3-4 so I was outside and inside."
This change definitely helped take Gopre's game to the next level.
"My team finished 9-3, but we lost 13-12 in the state championship," he said. "As far as me, I think I finished the season with 132 tackles, six sacks and like seven pass deflections."