This past year was a study in disappointment for Lake Charles (La.) Barde wide receiver Trey Quinn. The three-star prospect caught 111 balls for over 2,094 yards and got his team to the state title game, where the Buccaneers were within seven points of Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel at the half, before falling, 35-14.
A few months later, Quinn took his mark for the state 100m track title, only to false start and miss out on a chance to take home the gold.
"I was in probably at least the top three, and it would have been a neck-and-neck race for first," says Quinn, who ran a 10.4-second 100m during the season.
Disappointment, though, is the last word one can use to describe the California wide receiver target in regards to recruiting. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has 23 offers under his belt despite not participating in the spring and summer camp circuit, with the Bears and Arizona State being the only West Coast programs to extend scholarships.
"I don't really have any top or low schools," says Quinn. "I'm pretty much as wide open as it gets. Anybody's up for the drawing, with my schools."
Quinn has so far taken unofficial trips to Texas Tech, Texas, LSU, Ole Miss and Clemson, with return trips already scheduled for the Rebels and Tigers. He's also planning on a trip to Auburn.
Though the bulk of his offers are notably closer to home than Berkeley, he is mulling over a trip out west.
"It could happen sometime this summer," Quinn says. "If it's a needed trip and it needs to be taken before officials are able to take place, my parents won't mind spending money, if it's a good decision."
Quinn is more than familiar with the Cal staff, which spent last season at Louisiana Tech and lit the world on fire with a high-tempo offense.
"I knew they had a strong passing attack, coming from La Tech," says Quinn. "They didn't go under the radar. They were the top passing offense in Louisiana, so it was on the news, and I noticed it."
Quinn has "definitely" noticed the interest shown by the Bears, having spoken with wide receivers coach Rob Likens, and says that any school which earns his pledge will be one that can give him a shot to make the professional ranks.
"I guess, really, just an opportunity, somewhere that enables me to showcase my abilities and help a team win," says Quinn. "And, eventually, after the college level, help me to make it to the NFL."
Staying close to home, Quinn says, won't be a huge factor, though there is one school which may have at least a bit of an edge: Louisiana State, where his father went for school. But, Quinn says, his father's alma mater doesn't have an edge just because of family connections.
"Not because of that. They don't have a leg up," he says. "My parents kind of let me do my own thing. They're not going to say, ‘I want you to go here.' I'm sure my mom would like me to stay close, but she's telling me, ‘Do what you want. We'll be at every home game, try to get to every away game.' They're going to support me, no matter what."
Academically, Quinn sports a 3.5 GPA, and after getting a 21 on the ACT, he's set to take it again on Saturday with the goal of getting a 24. Aside from his state-level 100m time, he also clocked a 21.8-second 200m this spring.
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