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July 14, 2010

The Journal of a Division 1 Recruit

Hello, once again this is Quentin Gause writing my third installment of my summer recruiting journal. Moving into the final week of the "Changing The Community" camp that I participated in, various surprises came about.

During the week, my goals were to work harder on my coverage skills and to help improve my overall game defensively. I played at the corner and safety positions, and it helped me learn what I needed to work on to develop my skills. By the end of camp, my drops, footwork and agility had improved dramatically as I ended up positioning myself to have multiple interceptions and pass break-ups. I now know how to use my speed, body, and all the rest of my tools defensively all together, and I feel like my game has matured tremendously! Mission accomplished.

During the Life Skills portion on the last day of camp, there were two speakers that really impacted me. The first speaker, was a gentleman who was born in the 1940's during the Great Depression. While in his younger days, he had committed many crimes and was involved in police shoot outs. He was put in jail for 33 years and participated in many jail riots. He explained to us, the importance of not to making bad decisions or hanging with the wrong crowd. He capped his message off, by leaving us with this: "The decisions you make today can affect your life tomorrow."

It meant a lot to have someone, who had went down the wrong path in life, share with us some basic life skills on how not to do the same thing. For the record, since his release from jail, he has become a successful business man in our community and encourages kids that time is of the essence and shouldn't be wasted.

The next person who spoke is a NFL player from Rochester, NY. He currently plays OL for the Kansas City Chiefs, his name is Branden Albert III. Mr. Albert explained the life challenges he had to face and obstacles he had to overcome. But the underlying message he left us with was: "No matter what family situation you come from, you work your hardest to not become complacent, but to take your family's name far to be known in our world as a presence."

Albert is the uncle of a very good friend of mine, local standout Ashton Broyld. Broyld is an AGR (All-Greater Rochester) and All-NY State QB, and is entering his senior year at Rush-Henrietta H.S. He is being recruited by many top D1 BCS programs and is currently holding offers from Louisville, Eastern Michigan and Akron.

After the Life Skills session, we had a camp banquet. During the ceremony, our guest speaker was Tony Jordan, a retired NFL Running Back who played for the Cardinals. He talked about staying on track in life and not derailing yourself off your journey.

I also humbly accepted the overall camp MVP award, which I am very happy about. However, I do understand that the biggest room in the world, is the room for improvement. And I feel as though I have a lot of work to do and cannot stop working hard to get better at the acceptance of awards.

The next day, I sat down and thought about what every speaker said. I am applying all the positives to my life and I plan on working even harder to gain more opportunities.

Speaking of opportunities, Saturday evening I talked to the owner of WDKX, Andre Marcel. WDKX is a locally black-owned family radio station in Rochester, NY. The call letters stand for 3 positive black historians: D for Fredrick Douglas, K for Martin Luther King, Jr., and X for Malcolm X.

Mr. Marcel gave me an opportunity to write blogs and show workout videos on their website every week. This is a blessing and I thank God for it. Hopefully, some kid will be motivated to put himself or herself in position to open up various opportunities, just as I did and am still doing.

Today in the USA, a lot of high school football players that transition to college do not know what majors to choose and remain undeclared. What parents and coaches should do for their student-athletes is enroll them in different workshops, and/or special camps to improve the abilities that they possess.

Another problem in our nation today in recruiting, is that too many players think too much about their Plan A (Football) and not their Plan B (Career). Football does not work out for every student-athlete. Less than one percent (1%) of all football players transition from college to the pros. This is where Plan B comes into play. You graduate with a degree that leads you into a career that you are satisfied with, so you can enjoy what you do and go far in life.

Rivals/Scarletnation, next week I will be continuing with part four of my summer recruiting journal.

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