Gopre Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Sidney Gopre

Weequahic High (Newark, N.J.) linebacker Sidney Gopre ended his recruitment Monday when he committed to Rutgers, and then he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about the factors that led to his decision.

Weequahic High (Newark, N.J.) linebacker Sidney Gopre saw the way Rutgers used Khaseem Greene in its defense, and he saw the same the same things the Scarlet Knights coaching staff did.

They saw the future, which included the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Gopre playing weakside linebacker in the same way Greene did it during an All-American career.

Mix in Rutgers' academics and the relationship Gopre built with the coaching staff and it led to him Monday's unofficial visit by committing to the Scarlet Knights.

"It was very exciting," Gopre said. "I loved everything, especially the coaches. I really liked the coaches. They seem like people I can really relate to. And I like the family motto they have down there. It's kind of like the program I have at high school. Their coaching staff takes care of you." There was no one thing that led to his decision.

"It was everything, actually," he said. "They had a nice facility. Everything was real, especially the academics. If football doesn't work out for me, I could still have an education and get a degree in my major (communications). I was thinking if I had a career in the NFL, that is something I would look forward to doing after my career is over."

On the field, Gopre is fluid and accelerates quickly toward the ball carrier. He reads plays well and can fill holes from outside or middle linebacker (he plays both positions at Weequahic) as well as track plays down from behind.

Gopre also has the hip turn and flexibility to be successful defending the pass, and the staff used Greene as an example of how he could be used in the defense.

"They showed me some film on him, and I saw myself when I watched him play," Gopre said. "When they watched my film, they said I remind them of watching him when he was playing."

It was Gopre's second visit to Rutgers in less than a week, and while he made the visit with the idea he could commit, he said he didn't make the final decision until he was sitting with his coach, Brian Logan, and Weequahic linebackers coach Brian Logan Jr., in coach Kyle Flood's office.

"I kind of did know (a commitment was coming)," Gopre said. "I really liked the school and it's a place I wanted to be at for my (next) four years. I was telling them I gave them my word. With my committing, I'm giving them my word that I won't talk to any other school and this is where I want to be."

And when Gopre broke the news to Flood?

"His reaction was he was very happy I committed," Gopre said.

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