Local schools to get Quick's final visits

December, 19, 2013
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After taking official visits to Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, ESPN 300 athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East) will stay closer to home for his fourth and fifth trips, according to Quick's assistant coach, Tony Perry.

Perry said the nation's No. 40 overall prospect and No. 4 athlete will visit USC on Jan. 24 and UCLA on Jan. 31, giving the Trojans and Bruins one final shot to reel in the dynamic playmaker.

USC's relationship with Quick has been something of a roller coaster this season. He, like a number of in-state recruits, was turned off by the start to the season under Lane Kiffin, but has a long history with former USC coach Ed Orgeron. When Orgeron was given the interim head coach tag, Quick took notice, and the same can be said for when Orgeron was passed over for the permanent position. But luckily for USC, the man who did step into the position, Steve Sarkisian, has a good relationship with Quick as well, so the 6-foot, 170-pound athlete will continue to give the Trojans a look.

The Bruins have been heavily involved in Quick's recruitment as well, as a contingent of UCLA coaches made the trip north a few weeks ago to check in with him.

Quick would prefer to play offense at the next level, but that's not a requirement for him to choose a school. Although, it does seem to be the majority opinion, as Alabama is the only school among his five official visit destinations that is recruiting him for the defensive side of the ball.

At this point, Quick remains one of the few West Coast recruits on the board where there has never seemed to be a true leader. Perry said this week that all of the schools mentioned remain in the hunt and that Quick will announce his decision on signing day.

Oklahoma also could be one to watch here, as the Sooners signed cornerback L.J. Moore and safety Hatari Byrd last season. Both of them are out of Fresno Central East as well.

What could get interesting regarding Quick and USC is that he'll take his visit on the same weekend as ESPN JC 50 cornerback Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Holmes Community College). Shepard also attended Fresno East before signing with Notre Dame and landing at Holmes CC. Shepard, the nation's No. 7 overall and top uncommitted junior college prospect, will announce his college choice alongside Quick, on signing day. Thus far, Shepard has taken official visits to Cal and Wisconsin, but he is very familiar with Sarkisian and the Trojans will undoubtedly make a strong push for him, given their need for immediate depth at cornerback.

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