Western Speedster Looking East At Tigers

This two-sport standout is being recruited by teams around the nation. He tells <i>Inside the Auburn Tigers</i> that AU is one of his favorites.

Chandler Valley, Ariz.--Another candidate for the fastest prospect on the Auburn football recruiting board for the 2002 signee class is a standout on both offense and defense.

Quinton McCoy, a 6-0, 174-pound two-sport athlete from Chandler Valley Christian High School near Phoenix, says that he is strongly considering an official visit to the Auburn campus in January.

It is safe to assume that Auburn is very interested, too, considering the fact that the Southeastern Conference is a speed-oriented league and few prospects across the country can keep up with the tailback/cornerback. As a junior, he won the state 100-meter title with a sizzling time of 10.45 seconds, which was electronically-timed. He also won the state long jump title with an Arizona high school record leap of 23 feet, four inches.

Quinton McCoy

McCoy says he is interested in competing in both track and football at the college level and notes that Auburn is a college that will offer him that choice. McCoy says he is familiar with the AU program from watching the Tigers in their many nationally televised games and he has learned more about Auburn from talking with assistant coach Greg Knox. Knox, who coaches wide receivers, visited the speedster in Arizona this week.

His track numbers are impressive and two-sport athlete appears to be the real McCoy on the football field, too. A four-year starter, he netted more than 1,200 all-purpose yards in just a half season this fall. He was sidelined by a knee injury that turned out to be not as serious as first feared and McCoy says he has almost fully recovered. He added 11 touchdowns, four interceptions and 29 tackles this fall. In his team's offense, which is similar to the Purdue style of attack, he would normally line up at tailback, but on certain formations he would shift to a wide receiver spot.

"In college, I want to play either defensive back or receiver," the four-year varsity starter tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Despite missing much of the season, he has already been named All-Region as a running back, a cornerback and a return man. He took one punt the distance as a senior and also had a kickoff return for a TD. He won those same honors as a junior when he was named first team All-State. The Arizona All-State teams have not yet been announced for this season.

One reason McCoy is such a prized recruit is that he knows how to use his speed on the football field. "I can cut really well," he says. "I can keep the same pace when I am cutting. I also have quick feet, good hands and I am hard to bring down."

Commenting on his style of play on defense, McCoy says, "I am pretty physical. I can come up and stop the run pretty quickly and I can cover pretty well. I can pick the ball off, too, if I get a chance to."

Tiger Ticket Extra: McCoy says he has no favorites at this point in the recruiting process. He is scheduled to take an official visit to the University of Nebraska this weekend. Earlier this month, he visited Michigan and is also being recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Oregon and Washington. Auburn, Washington and Michigan State will likely get visits, too...McCoy says the fastest hand-timed 40-yard dash he has turned in is a blazing 4.31 at a football camp his entire team attended this year. Chandler Valley Christian, which competes against public schools, reached the second round of the state playoffs this season before losing to the defending champions.

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