The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end/defensive end prospect from Uniondale High School in Uniondale, N.Y., is in the process of researching schools that he will officially visit. At this time though, are there any schools at the top of the list for Quarless to take an official visit?
“I know that Virginia and Penn State are my two that I plan on scheduling,” Quarless said. “I'm not sure about Pitt, they wanted me to come, but I'm not sure. I'm still doing my research in terms of academics. I'm just trying to narrow it down.”
In an attempt to help its own cause on the recruiting front, Penn State has started the season 5-0. In addition to the undefeated record, the Nittany Lions' staff has seen big contributions from freshman players including wide receivers Derrick Williams and Deon Butler, as well as Justin King, who has seen time on both sides of the ball. Quarless said he has taken notice of Penn State's success, but that he is making sure to take a well-rounded approach to selecting a school.
“I don't think it really has affected my decision,” Quarless said. “I like the ways they are using the freshman. I would in turn, if I could get to play my freshman year, I'd like that opportunity. I like that [Penn State] is playing their freshman and they're doing good so far.”
While Quarless has yet to schedule his official visit to Penn State, he did take an unofficial visit in August. During that visit, did he get a chance to meet with any of Penn State's freshman impact players?
“Actually when I took my unofficial to Penn State, I talked to Derrick Williams,” Quarless said. “We talked about football and campus life.”
Currently, although there are a multitude of positions Quarless could ultimately play in college, there is one position schools are primarily recruiting him as, as well as a position he has a prefers.
“Most schools, the majority as recruiting me as a tight end,” Quarless said. “I like to play tight end and that is my preference.”
Quarless' recruiting story is an interesting one. He went from virtual obscurity to a national phenom when a highlight video was released online during the summer months of 2005. The footage on the highlight video was enough for some schools to offer immediately.
“Well, it was really my uncle's idea because he has a production company,” Quarless said. “The response was very unexpected because at first I didn't even know it was there [online]. It was a great response. I'm glad that I did that because I think it helped me a lot.”
Despite the increased attention, Quarless prefers to remain to himself and focus on his research of the different schools seeking his services. With respect to a time frame of committing, do not expect a decision any time soon.
“I don't really have a time frame, but toward the end of my season, that's when I'm going to take my visits,” Quarless said. “But right now I'm doing my research and scheduling my visits.”
Outside of football, Quarless is involved in the community. He is a member of “Athletes Helping Athletes,” a group that speaks to younger students about the importance of balancing athletics and academics.
“Seniors in the school district, we go down to the middle schools and talk to the athletes and mentor them so that when they get to the high school level they know what to do,” Quarless said. “I tell them you have to do your schoolwork, and that sports is not everything. You need to focus on your school and stay out of trouble. Trouble might just find you. Sports will come through in the long run.”