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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Scout's take: Quinn is a future go-to guy

By Tom Luginbill

LSU landed a commitment on Saturday from the nation's No. 3-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2014, Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe). Here's how our scouts believe the ESPN 300 prospect will perform in Baton Rouge.

What he brings: Outstanding productivity. This is one of the fastest players in the 2014 class, although he doesn’t always look like it. He can be very deceptive. He has some of the most reliable hands, can play on the inside or outside (we think he’s best in the slot) and has upside in the return game. Quinn is a much bigger home run threat than you might think, and he can lull defenders to sleep if they don’t respect his skill set. He’s not just a possession guy at all.

How he fits: Quinn is terrific in one-on-one situations but has a real feel for moving parts and coverage recognition, which makes him extremely valuable in the slot. He can locate and settle into short and intermediate zones and get open. When it comes to reliability, we believe he’ll be a guy whom quarterbacks lean on because they know they can trust him.

Reminds us of: Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.

LSU's history at the position: It has been very strong as of late with the likes of Brandon LaFell, Terrence Toliver, Rueben Randle, Josh Reed, and now Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, just to name a few.

How the class is shaping up: If this starts a domino effect for LSU, the Tigers' 2014 class could land at No. 1 come February. The state of Louisiana is absolutely loaded and LSU has the inside track along with Alabama. LSU currently sits at No. 11 in the class rankings with 14 verbal commitments, of which nine are in the ESPN 300 and 11 are four-star prospects. The Tigers got their quarterback in Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), have loaded up at WR with the addition of Quinn, and the top six ranked players in Louisiana are uncommitted, including five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN 300.