CoachSpeak: Logan Breaks Down Gopre

Sidney Gopre

Weequahic High (Newark, N.J.) linebacker Sidney Gopre committed to Rutgers during an unofficial visit to campus, and his coach spoke about what the Scarlet Knights are getting.

As Sidney Gopre, the Weequahic High (Newark, N.J.) linebacker and the newest member of Rutgers' 2014 recruiting class, left campus to return home and celebrate his decision with his family, the excitement in his coach's voice was unmistakable.

Brian Logan, the Weequahic High coach, was with Gopre when he committed to Rutgers on Monday night, and believes Rutgers is getting one of the top players in the state.

"He's a Scarlet Knight," Logan said. "He's committed to Rutgers. He's a Scarlet Knight. He's excited to be a Knight. He's excited to stay home and be a Knight."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Gopre plays middle and outside linebacker for Weequahic, but he was recruited to play weakside linebacker, the same position Khaseem Greene played, for the Scarlet Knights.

"He's explosive in terms of tackling," Logan said. "He can cover. He does a lot of things for us. He's a leader out there in terms of putting people in the right place."

Gopre also brings a strong work ethic to the position.

"He's eager to learn," Logan said. "Rutgers is going to get a dedicated, hard-working player who really enjoys the game, who loves the game, who has a passion for the game and wants to get better."

Gopre made 132 tackles, including five sacks, and Logan said the standout is the beneficiary of a wealth of experience on the Weequahic coaching staff.

"He's got a lot of good linebacker (experience) around him," Logan said. "His position coach played a good game of linebacker in college. There's another coach on our staff, Wesley Lee, he was a great linebacker in college. We have great linebacker coaches on our staff."

Gopre had an offer from Temple as well and was being heavily recruited by Pittsburgh and Iowa. He also had interest from Virginia, Wisconsin, Boston College, Nebraska and Miami.

However, after visiting campus last week and meeting with Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen and coach Kyle Flood, then talking it over with his family and the coaching staff and academic advisors at Weequahic, he returned to campus Monday to meet with the staff again.

"It went well," Logan said. "He liked the concept of family. He liked the concept of academics. He liked the fact that they have a strong academic program that will provide the necessary support that he needs."

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