Monday, January 14, 2013
LSU makes strong pitch for Watch List WR
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- When players are being recruited by colleges, one fear that recurs is that they'll be typecast into a niche role that might not fully employ what the player thinks his abilities are.
For one 2014 ESPN Watch List wide receiver, those fears were put to rest at LSU's Boys from the Boot junior day.
Trey Quinn, the prolific pass-catcher from Lake Charles, La., was sold on LSU's willingness to use him in many different roles when he visited LSU's campus with his father Saturday.
"It was a great visit," said Dave Quinn, Trey's father. "And now we are convinced that LSU really wants him there."
The elder Quinn handles all inquiries about his son's recruitment, primarily through email exchanges. What impressed him most were the variety of ways LSU coaches pledged to use Quinn, showing them that the offer LSU made to Quinn last summer has serious intentions.
"The players went with their position coaches for around 30 minutes," Dave said. "Trey was with (special teams) Coach (Thomas) McGaughey and they showed us how they might use him for punt returns."
It was a little different approach for Quinn, who is known for being one of the most prolific receivers in the history of high school football with 249 catches for 4,599 yards and 47 touchdowns in three years playing in Louisiana's highly competitive Class 5A. With a solid senior season, he could become the leading receiver in prep football history.
Quinn, a 6-foot-1, 185 pounder, is seen by some as a potential slot receiver, but an afternoon meeting with LSU coach Les Miles assured him he'd be more than that for the Tigers.
"It was a great meeting," Dave Quinn said, "and Coach Miles made it clear that they want Trey at LSU. He said that he is not just a slot guy, that they would line him up anywhere on the field, and that they love his versatility as a receiver."
It was music to the Quinns' ears. An LSU graduate and long-time fan, Dave makes no secret that he'd love to see his son play for his alma mater. At the same time, he has emphasized that it's Trey's decision and much of the decision will be based on finding an offense in which he feels he'll have a solid role. With that in mind, Texas A&M has been a strong contender as well.