Uniondale, N.Y. tight end Andrew Quarless has taken in two camps this summer to Virginia and Penn State. What was the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder's thoughts on the visits and who leads for his services?
"I really enjoyed both camps," he said. "Penn State had a nice indoor practice facility that I liked. I enjoyed the campuses and coaching staff at both schools. I got to meet Joe Paterno and I had a one on one conversation with him. I also met with Al Groh too. I even got to meet some of the team and see them lift. It was pretty fun and everybody seemed pretty cool."
Quarless currently holds ten scholarship offers from Nebraska, Central Florida, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia and Wisconsin. Who is the tight end really looking at?
"I like Virginia, Miami, Notre Dame and Penn State," he said. "Notre Dame hasn't offered me yet, but they are very interested in me at tight end. I just like that they are a good school academically and football wise. I'm really looking for a good school with academics and then a football program to back it, which makes it even better. Penn State doesn't use the tight end that much. The reason they told me was because they haven't had any versatile tight ends like me. I really like the coaching staff there because they are down to earth and good people."
"Miami is just a good football program and I like the way they use their tight ends. I like the atmosphere of the campus and the fact that they are known for their tight ends. A lot of them have been drafted and I like the offense. If I play there I have a good chance of going pro, so that's definitely in the back of my mind.
"I like Virginia's offense too. The only team with two tight ends drafted this year was UVa, so that's definitely a plus. The academics are one of the tops in the country and their graduation rate is good too. I'd say Miami and Virginia are my top two schools, predominately because of how they use the tight end."
With Quarless favoring two of the schools he has offers from, when is the tight end looking to decide?
"I'm not sure yet, but most likely it'll be during or around the end of my season," he aid. "I plan on taking most of my official visits before I decide. I'll probably go to Virginia, Miami, Penn State, Notre Dame and probably Pittsburgh.
"Pittsburgh's program is not too strong yet, but I could be a part of building it up. I haven't spoken to the coaches there yet, but I'd probably like to visit and check them out."
After hauling in 40 receptions for 900 yards and six touchdowns along with 50 tackles and 16 sacks on defense, what is Quarless looking to improve on this year?
"I need to work on my footwork and routes," he said. "I'd also like to try to get a little bit faster; I want to get down to a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. I'm also just hoping to be a team leader so that I can help us win a championship."
Quarless is the No. 3 player in New York and was named Defensive Player of the Year in the CHFL as well as all-league tight end.