Friday, July 20, 2012
2014 WR Trey Quinn focused on football
By Gary Laney
Two-sport star Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) opted to take the summer off from one of his sports, baseball, to concentrate on what may be his better sport, football.
That decision is starting to pay off.
After receiving an offer from LSU at the end of LSU's summer camp on Wednesday, the Class of 2014 wide receiver rode with his father to College Station, Texas, to a visit to Texas A&M Thursday. There, he received an offer from Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin.
"A week ago, I was beginning to wonder if anybody even knew about Trey outside of Lake Charles," Quinn's father, Dave Quinn said Friday. "Now we have two SEC offers."
Plenty of people outside the southwest Louisiana town have discovered Quinn recently. At LSU's prospect-laden camp, Quinn stood out playing against an assembly of all-star defensive backs. With the Tigers still looking to fill defensive back spots in the 2013 class and looking for more in the 2014 class, the assemblage of DB talent may have been the best of any position at the camp.
And Quinn kept making plays all weekend against those prospects, showing that the 4.39 40-yard dash he ran in testing on the camp's first day translated to game speed. He also showed tremendous feet that allowed him to get open off any move on a route. He also caught most passes thrown to him, some at difficult angles.
That's no surprise for people who have followed him. He has been the leading receiver for the past two seasons for a pass-heavy Barbe team that also features 2013 ESPN150 tight end DeSean Smith, an LSU commit and one of the nation's best pass-catching tight ends.
While Quinn's name was not a secret in Louisiana, many he assumed he would be a baseball-first guy. Barbe is a perennial power and he started in center field for the Bucs' 5A state championship team that finished No. 18 in the nation in the Powerade Fab 50. Quinn played on a Little League World Series team as a 12-year-old and has stuck with the same core group, which includes his Barbe quarterback, Kennon Fontenot, for summer baseball ever since.
This is the first year he opted to do the football camp circuit instead, so many are just discovering his football talents.
One person who knew about Quinn already was LSU wide receivers coach Adam Henry, who played his college football and coached at McNeese State, a Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse in Lake Charles. Henry played for then-McNeese coach Bobby Keasler, who is Trey Quinn's grandfather.
Henry has a strong relationship with the Quinn family, Dave Quinn said.
"He is like family to us," Dave Quinn said about Henry. "Trey absolutely loves him."
One other possible ace in the hole for LSU is that Dave Quinn is an LSU graduate.
Despite all that, Dave Quinn said, ultimately, he will back away and allow his son to make the best decision for him.
"I want him to think it out carefully and make an informed decision," Dave Quinn said. "I'm not going to steer him one way or another. I want it to be entirely up to him."