“The biggest things I’m looking for is education and to see if I can play early,” said Quinten Pounds, who currently does double-duty as a receiver and corner, but is projected to be a defensive back at the next level. “I don’t want to redshirt.
“I play three sports, I can’t just sit and watch the whole season and not be able to do something. I’ll lose interest with it. I’ll be bored out of my mind.”
“Recruiting has been going good, it’s just been a little stressful,” he said. “I’m just trying to narrow down my list and get my visits going.”
Pounds already made an unofficial visit to Colorado last year and is planning to get to more following his official visit to the Broncos.
Despite the extra attention he’s received for his potential at the collegiate level, Pounds is maintaining a single-minded focus on helping his team reach the state championships. It follows a disappointing 6-5 2014 season that ended in a 35-14 first-round playoffs ouster. “Win CIF, that’s my only goal,” he said, after having spent the summer working out with his older brother and teammates. “Nothing else is acceptable. I don’t have any other goals than that.”
Pounds has the attributes needed to be successful as a corner. With a 4.1 shuttle and a 4.58 40-yard dash, he has a good mix of short-yardage quickness and agility and the ability to stay with speedy receivers. “I’d rather play corner; I’ll be just fine,” he said.
Like anyone in his position, Pounds admits he’s felt the pressure mounting at times, but a fresh outlook has kept things in perspective. “Sometimes I feel that pressure,” he said. “I just try to put it more toward the positive side. (All the attention) is not a bad thing, so I shouldn’t be worried about it. Just make the most of this time.”