BYU looking at Louisiana receiver

BYU is looking at a junior-to-be wide receiver from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Over the course of last season, this accomplished athlete watched a few BYU games on ESPN, and is happy that BYU has been down to his school to watch him work out.

There is an abundance of talented football players in the Deep South. However, there aren't many like 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Trey Quinn.

"I have a 33-inch vertical leap and run a 4.5 forty," Quinn said. "I'll be a junior this up and coming year and play wide receiver for Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana."

Before getting into Quinn's football accomplishments – of which there are many – a few things have to be celebrated first. Quinn has a rather unique feather in his cap that not many athletes at any level of competition can claim: he pitched a no-hitter in the Little League World Series.

"It was an eye-opening experience for me. It was really a humbling experience going up against some of the best baseball players in the world. I pitched against the Great Lakes of Indiana, I think, back in 2008. It just made me want to become that much better."

The experience was a little overwhelming for him.

"It was crazy and I was just expecting to go out there and have a little fun and compete," Quinn said. "It was just mindboggling and I didn't really expect to go out on that big of a stage with ESPN and all that. Then to pitch a no-hitter to help my team win the Little League World Series was just crazy. It was a long time ago though, but we did get a nice medal."

Although just a sophomore heading into his junior year this fall, Quinn is considered one of the top baseball players in the country. He is currently listed as the 40th best 2014 high school prospect in the nation by Perfect Game.

"I haven't pitched my last two years of high school," he said. "I've been playing more centerfield and running down balls and helping my team to a state championship this year."

Aside from baseball and football, Quinn also runs track.

"I run track as well and run the 200x and 400x2," Quinn said. "I ran a 21.97 time in the 200x, but my best time in the 200x was a 21.8. I'm not sure what my split time in the 4x2 was. My mother, Angie, was a state champion high jumper, so I've got some good genes. My dad was a pretty good runner but he's more the weightlifting type."

When it comes to the Deep South, speed is not a lost commodity. As a wide receiver, Quinn faces speed time and time again with every play.

"You can, in this area, find any kind of speed you want down here in Lake Charles, Louisiana," said Quinn. "There's football speed and track speed and a lot of it. Any kind of speed you want, you can find in this area. I play wide receiver and play mostly inside slot. I also return punts and kicks and will run a few plays from the quarterback position."

Although considered one of the more talented high school baseball prospects in the country, Quinn has his sights set on playing football at the next level.

"I just fell in love with playing football and don't have the same go-getter attitude with baseball as I do football," Quinn said. "I just love playing football and that's what I want to do at the next level."

Quin runs a 4.0 shuttle and 4.5 forty, and used that quickness to haul in 67 receptions for 1,238 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging about 18.5 yards per catch. As a freshman, Quinn earned the following honors: Louisiana 3-5A first-team all-district receiver, all-Southwest Louisiana Big Schools first-team receiver, 5-A Honorable Mention all-state wide receiver, Maxpreps first-team wide receiver and freshman all-American selection.

Quinn followed up as a sophomore in similar fashion. He again recorded 67 receptions for a total of 1,220 yards, averaging 18.2 yards per catch. He increased his receiving touchdown total, finishing with 12 on the season. He also rushed for 11 touchdowns.

"Well, I have to give most of my credit to my o-line for giving my quarterback the time to make the passes," said Quinn. "Then you have to give the quarterback credit for making the passes on time, so all of my accomplishments can't just be focused everything on me. Without my teammates, nothing would be possible."

For his sophomore year, Quinn received another impressive group of honors: 3-5A first team all-state wide receiver, Louisiana class 5A first-team wide receiver, all-Southwest Louisiana offensive MVP, all-Southwest Louisiana first-team wide receiver, Maxpreps sophomore all-American first-team wide receiver, and U.S. Army all-American Combine invitee.

As for what he wants to achieve as a junior next year, there's just one thing on his mind.

"I have one goal next year and that's to win a state championship," he said. "Whatever else comes with that, I don't really care. I just want to win a state championship."

If Quinn keeps up his productivity on the football field, he'll be well on his way to becoming a lot like his favorite NFL wide receiver.

"My favorite NFL player is Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie," Quinn said. "I think I can kind of relate to him as far as size and speed. I love watching his games and studying his routes. I love watching receivers that run perfect routes."

Collie was a standout receiver for the Cougars, and after playing for three seasons, he became BYU's all-time leading wide receiver. Quinn hopes to be able to attend the Receiver Tech Camp designed by Austin and his father Scott.

"My dad and I have been discussing it," said Quinn. "I'm not 100 percent sure what's going to happen, but me and my dad have been discussing it. I would love for it to happen, but it's a long ways away from Louisiana, so we're seeing if we can make that happen or not. Me and my dad have a calendar that we're trying to work around."

Coach Weber of BYU has been down to Lake Charles, Louisiana to scout out and learn more about the talented Barbe High School receiver. Quinn has a lot of interest in learning more about the college that his NFL idol once attended.

"What kind of got me about BYU was I was at baseball training for the first two weeks, so a lot of coaches didn't really come out and see me," said Quinn. "BYU came out the first week to watch me work out. They've sent me questionnaires and things like that, so they've shown me some interest.

"The way I look at it is I have a lot of interest in those that have a lot of interest in me. BYU has shown some early interest in me, and I've watched a few BYU games on ESPN. I watched them play against Texas and love how they throw the ball. I love watching how efficient their offense is. I love seeing how crisp and how well their receivers run in their routes in the open space to make things happen. I love how well they run their offense and how well they execute it."

Quinn, who holds deep religious beliefs and attends a non-denominational church, likes BYU's standards.

"Yeah, I've seen how BYU plays on television, and so being all the way out here in Louisiana I don't know too deeply about it," Quinn said. "I do know that they have higher expectations of you to go there. As for me, I'm not really attracted to the party life and that's just not for me. I'm all business when it comes to football and representing our Lord in the way that He should be.

"Here in high school, I try to keep my distance from things that aren't really important off the field. My goal in life is to keep my priorities away from the childish behavior that goes on, like partying, and I just think it's pointless. I would rather be outside working my tail off trying to reach my goals."

Quinn feels that an honor code like the one found at BYU would only be beneficial in helping him stay true to who he is as a young man.

"In the long run, I feel like an honor code is something good because if I ever get caught up in something other than how my parents raised me, it's not going to be good," Quinn said. "You always have to stay focused on what's important and I believe my parents raised to keep that in mind, so to go to a college where those same things are expected of you will help me stay focused and on the right track."


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