NCF On The Trail: James Quick

Kyle Bolin has helped land one Louisville commitment. He's now after another.

Four-star receiver Charles Williams from Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat committed to Louisville earlier this month, in part, at Bolin's behest. Bolin, a Cardinals commitment from Lexington (Ky.) Lexington Catholic, was often extolling the virtues of Louisville to Williams. The two took their official visits to Louisville on Jan. 18.

"It was a blast," Bolin said of the visit. "The coaches put together a great schedule for us and it was nice being able to meet with most of the commits and their families, along with some other great targets."

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Weekly Commitment Update 

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Ebenezer Ogundeko DE Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson
HT: 6-3 WT: 229
Position Rank: #10 DE

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Louisville gets on the board for 2014 

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Junior quarterback Reggie Bonnafon (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) committed Sunday to remain close to home and play for Charlie Strong and Louisville, multiple sources report.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback also received an early scholarship offer from Illinois. Other programs such as Arkansas and Tennessee expressed interest.

Bonnafon's decision comes one day after the Cardinals landed his highly-coveted teammate, ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick.

This is Louisville's first 2014 verbal.

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It’s been a whirlwind of positive vibes for the Louisville program over the last five weeks or so. Now to be able to keep an in-state kid at home with the addition of James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) allows the Cardinals to continue their momentum down the stretch. Quick adds playmaking ability and quality size to the position. He’s not a burner, but he's deceptive and also has very promising return skills. He comes from a quality program and knows what the expectation level is going to be for him at Louisville. We expect he’ll meet it.

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Quick sends message for Louisville 

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Landing James Quick is proof that Louisville is a constantly improving program. It's also proof that they never gave up on the highly ranked nearby prospect.

The receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity showed strong interest in Ohio State and Oregon throughout the recruiting process. He visited Ohio State often and talked glowingly about the team's passing attack. In fact, it looked at one point like the Buckeyes might lead for his services. Yet Quick always knew he was coveted at nearby Louisville and never ruled the school out.

Quick gives the Cardinals' 2013 class much-needed star power. He becomes the highest-rated commitment for the class. The ESPN 150 prospect is the No. 98 player in the nation, the No. 10 receiver in the country and the top prospect in the state of Kentucky.

Clearly, it would have been understandable if Quick went elsewhere. He had plenty of options and was intent on finding the best fit for him through a thorough evaluation of schools.

However, had the Cardinals lost a local prospect with so much clout, it wouldn't have looked good. They already lost one of Quick's teammates, defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, to USC .


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Army Bowl: James Quick stays home

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SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity), the top-ranked player in Kentucky, decided to stay home rather than head upstate or head west.

Quick verbally committed to Louisville during the second half of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. Ranked No. 98 in the ESPN 150, Quick became the Cardinals’ 12th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. He also is the second receiver committed and now becomes the top-ranked commit of the class.

Recruited by defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, Quick chose Louisville over Ohio State and Oregon.
SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

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videoSAN ANTONIO – ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) has drawn plenty of attention for his play through two practices for the East team in preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

He’ll garner even more eyes his way on Saturday when he announces his commitment during the game.

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Damon Sayles/ESPN.comESPN 150 WR James Quick is set to decide between Ohio State, Louisville and Oregon on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said he is down to Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon. Though his decision will come Saturday, it could be finalized by Wednesday morning, as he sits down to discuss his options with his parents, who are in town for the event.

“I am basically going to ask them which coach they have the best relationship with,” Quick said. “There has to be a relationship with the head coach and family as well.”

When asked if there was a head coach among his finalists that was stood out to him the most, he said no. But Louisville coach Charlie Strong and his tendency of playing freshmen is intriguing to him and is one of the main reasons that Louisville is in the mix.

The sales pitch for all of them is pretty much the same: Join our program, and early playing time will likely be there.

“They are all basically saying that I am going to get early playing time. Some are saying that I am going to get the ball more than others,” he said. “It’s all about early playing time, really.”

Quick has taken official visits to Louisville and Ohio State. He wasn’t able to make it to Oregon for an unofficial visit but has the Ducks squarely in the mix because of his relationship with the coaching staff.

“I have built a good relationship with their coaches and the offense that they run. It’s up-tempo, which really excites a player of my caliber,” he said.

Newsmaker: Last week, offensive tackle Jake Campos (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) wasn’t expecting to play football over his break. On Tuesday, he was preparing for a nationally televised appearance in a U.S. Army All-American Bowl uniform.

Campos, a three-star Iowa State commit, was called Sunday afternoon as a replacement for injured lineman Chris Fox (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa). By 6 a.m. Monday, he was on a flight to San Antonio. At the end of Tuesday, he was fully taking on the responsibility of fending off stud defensive linemen such as Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball) and A’Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights).

“I was shocked at first, but then, I got really excited,” said Campos, a 6-7, 250-pound tackle who said he’s “110-percent committed” to Iowa State.

“It was so out of the blue, but it’s great to be here. At first, learning the plays was tough, but I got those down now. I’m just adjusting to right tackle. I was still working the kinks out, that’s all.”

Superlatives: The East defensive line really stepped up in afternoon practice during 11-on-11 action. Alabama defensive end commit Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) was unstoppable. Virginia Tech defensive end commit Wyatt Teller (Bealeton, Va./Liberty) also stepped up his game from Monday, intercepting a pass in the morning session from Auburn-bound quarterback Jeremy Johnson (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and playing even better in the afternoon. … The best hands on the West team may not be on a wide receiver. ESPN 150 tight end DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) made some great catches on Monday, and he continued to shine on Tuesday. Smith an LSU commitment, is the No. 5 tight end in the country. … The catch of the day from the East goes to ESPN 300 athlete Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton), who ripped a ball away from Florida defensive back commitment Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian). An uncommitted, four-star athlete, Boyd is expected to announce his college future on Saturday. … ESPN 150 running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) continued to be the best running back for the East. He shined in the early morning practice, with help from a very good offensive line.


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As of this moment, we sit smack dab in the middle of a dead period that lasts through Jan. 3, 2013. While it’s considered “dead,” it really isn’t at all.

It’s a time when coaches aren’t allowed to meet recruits in-person whether on campus or off. Prospects can still visit bowl practices, but only if those practices are open to the public. They still can receive calls from coaches once a week.

While Ohio State really never stops the recruiting process -- the Buckeyes have amped up efforts with no bowl game -- it does slow down a bit during the holiday season.

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Ohio State 2013: Needs versus wants 

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It’s the dead period in college football recruiting, which means coaches can still call players once a week, but they can not make on- or off-campus contact with non mid-year enrollees.

With that said, the Buckeyes can probably take four or five more players in the Class of 2013 depending on medical hardships, players transferring or leaving early for the NFL draft.

Here’s a position by position look at what the Buckeyes want vs. what they need.

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From expert recruiter to a wizard with the numbers, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has to be creative because of scholarship restrictions handed down by the NCAA.

The key number to look at is 82 -- that’s the bottom-line number and the maximum amount of scholarship athletes the Buckeyes are allowed to have on their roster.

It’s a number Meyer has become quite good at maintaining for the past year after NCAA sanctions. While spots come at a premium at Ohio State right now -- that 82-scholarship limit will be in place through 2014, while other schools are allowed to have 85 -- Meyer is keeping things in check, though there will be a couple of players he’d love to have that he can’t sign because of it.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- The Florida Gators announced the addition of former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips as the new wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator on Monday afternoon.

Florida struggled at wideout this season and Phillips will bring a well-known name as well as extensive experience coaching the position.

Phillips, though, won't be left with an empty cupboard on the recruiting trail. The Gators have commitments from four wide receivers including Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville).

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Sleep? Who needs sleep?

Certainly not Ohio State after pulling in a visitors list of well over 50 recruits for the Michigan game.

The Buckeyes staff wasted no time at all last week in hitting the trail to check in on many recruits either at their schools or with in-house visits. So while it was nice to wow the likes of Martrell Spaight, James Quick, Trey Johnson, Jamarco Jones, Raekwon McMillan, DeShone Kizer, Sam Mustipher, Da’Shawn Hand, Gareon Conley, Clifton Garrett, Donovan Munger, Shelton Gibson, Chris Worley, Darius West, Jimmy Byrne and Kyle Berger, they weren’t resting on the win.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

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Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Reuben FosterESPN.comCarl Lawson, Dee Linerand Reuben Foster are still committed to Auburn, but the Tigers' coaching situation could change things for the three ESPN 150 recruits.

Auburn bid farewell to head coach Gene Chizik on Sunday. Could the Tigers also be saying goodbye to a trio of ESPN 150 recruits who could take their talents elsewhere?

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.
James Quick AP Photo/Joe ImelOhio State might be the leader for Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) senior wide receiver James Quick, an ESPN 150 player.
There were no new commitments following Ohio State’s 26-21 win over Michigan on Saturday, but there were recruits being swayed as much as the flag poles atop The Horseshoe.

After combing over more than 20 storylines from the top-notch recruits attending the game, BuckeyeNation has come up with a top five:

1. Visit brings Ohio State closer for Quick: James Quick almost got caught up in the excitement. Then, he thought better of committing to Ohio State during his official visit. “I had a few times where I thought it was the place for me,” the ESPN 150 receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity said as he and his family drove home on Monday. “But I have to look at other places to make sure I’m making the right decision for me.” Quick is rated the No. 10 receiver in the country and No. 98 prospect overall. “It was fun,” the four-star prospect said of the Columbus visit. “I enjoyed myself." -- Dave Hooker

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