Quick gets title; now focus on college pick

James Quick

Trinity High School wide receiver James Quick, a top University of Louisville football target, played the final game of his high school career on Saturday night. Despite three broken ribs, Quick had three catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns as the Shamrocks decked Pleasure Ridge Park 61-7 in the Class 6-A state final.

Trinity High School All-American wide James Quick, a top University of Louisville target, had a surprise ending to his high school career on Saturday.

Quick, who suffered three broken ribs two weeks prior against St. Xavier, wasn't supposed to play. But he did and ended up catching three passes for 83 yards, including two 35-yard TD strikes in a 61-7 blowout of Pleasure Ridge Park in the Kentucky Class 6-A state final in Bowling Green.

"The medical people cleared him and then his mom and dad said lets go," Trinity coach Bob Beatty said. "He told me he was ready to go. I don't think he was close to 100 percent but he still makes a big difference."

Wearing a flak jacket, Quick said he was always hopeful that he would play in the game but it wasn't until Friday after the Shamrocks had a walk-through and then he returned home and talked to his parents that he knew he would.

"I called coach after I got home and told him I wanted to play," Quick said. "I did a lot of treatment with coach (Bill) Cubbage and I would just then go out and run every day and see how it felt. On Friday, I felt like I could cut and move.

"This means a lot to me. I wanted to be out here for my team and for our school. I feel like I had a great career because of the people I was around. The coaches and all of the players before me really helped me get better."

Quick became the first player in state history to score a touchdown in four consecutive state football games when he hauled in a 35-yard TD pass from Travis Wright with 6:44 left in the third quarter.

After a fumble on the kickoff, Quick then caught a 35-yard TD pass from Cody Swabek for another TD with 6:32 left in the half.

"The first play I was playing it a little nervous," Quick said. "I didn't know how I was going to feel. After my first hit I was ready to play."

Quick, who has already been named the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year, finished his senior season with 85 catches for 1,413 yards and 16 TDs.

For his career, Quick is the state's all-time receptions leader with 280 catches and ranks third in yards (4,434) and touchdowns (57).

With his career over, Quick said it's now time to really hone in on trying to pick a college. He's already made an official visit to Ohio State and is expect to visit Louisville and Oregon sometime this month.

When asked after the game if he was ready to make a commitment, Quick smiled and said "Nah, not just yet."

"It's time to start focusing in on what I want to do and what I want to major in school wise and what each school has to offer," Quick said. "Right now, I just want to celebrate with my teammates and then I will see were things are at.

"I know the time is coming when I will have to make a decision on where I want to go, I just want to make sure it's the right decision for me."

Quick said he despite his injury that he will play basketball for Trinity after another week or so of rest. He's also playing in the Jan. 5 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. He's not sure when he'll make a college decision.

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