Standout FB Likes Cal but Won't Walk On

With the early signing day for junior college players just a day away, Cal brought in a host of JUCO standouts this past weekend, including Santa Clarita (Calif.) College of the Canyons fullback Sean Quinn. He enjoyed his visit to California, has his AA degree, and can sign on Wednesday. However, he is not going forgo a scholarship opportunity to an FBS school to walk on at Berkeley…

"I gotta play where I get a scholarship," said Sean Quinn (6-0, 240).

Quinn played in an offense at College of Canyons that did not utilize his true abilities as a punishing lead blocker. He did a little bit of everything for COC. He finished the year with 14 carries for 89 yards and four touchdowns. He had six receptions for 34 yards.

This past weekend's official visit to California is only official trip thus far into the recruiting season. He took an unofficial visit to USC last month and is in the talks with Hawaii about a possible trip.

"I am barely starting to get into recruiting," said Quinn. "Those are the only three that I'm talking to. I'm sure other schools have called [COC coaches] but have come and go. But the only ones talking to me are SC, Cal and Hawaii. I'm trying to stay on the West Coast."

"They read my transcripts and I just talked to Pete Carroll and the coaching staff," Quinn said of his November unofficial visit to SC.

"They just were telling me that they need a blocking fullback. They have a fullback but he is just an athlete but he is not a good blocker. They put a freshman tight end at fullback right now. They are struggling at that position. They are looking at the JC fullbacks in California and high school kids in California. But a high school kid can't come in and play at that level right away. They showed a lot of interest in the end and talked about possibly getting me in January. I'm not sure what their plans are, I haven't talked to them about a scholarship yet."

Quinn has already graduated and has his AA degree. He is eligible to sign early on Wednesday. But with no offer on the table, he is unsure what his next step will be. He would like to play for USC or Cal. He feels his style fits their offense.

"[USC and Cal] need a blocking fullback," said Quinn. "I'm in between right now, not sure what I'm going to do. I'm talking to Hawaii right now, trying to set up a visit out there. I'm just keeping my options open right now, but I'm not really sure what I'm going to do at this point. I'm still in contact with people but I don't have an offer on the table."

Quinn has not scheduled an official trip this weekend – the last weekend available before the dead period for college recruiting begins next week.

"I haven't thought about that situation yet," Quinn said of signing later and possibly missing spring practice. "I plan on being at a Division 1 school by the start of January. That's the plan, that's what I'm shooting for."

He wants to play at the FBS level. He is not considering any offers from FCS schools at this point. However, those may become options if only a walk-on opportunity at Cal is available.

"I just have to make that decision when the time would come," said Quinn. "I would have to see a (FCS) scholarship versus a walk on opportunity [at Cal]. I would sit down with family and coaches and see where the best fit would be."

Quinn says he enjoyed his trip to Cal this past weekend. Playing at Berkeley would be ideal, but he says, "I got to play where I get a scholarship. If they are not going to offer me, I don't think I can play there."

"[Running Back] Coach [Ron] Gould and the offensive coordinator [Frank Cignetti], they liked what they saw. They think I should be offered. They think if that they are going to take the program to the next level they are going to need me. The fullback position is big part of their program. [Coach Jeff Tedford] was in between, he didn't want to just give out [an offer] just like that. But at the same time, his coaches behind him are like, ‘We need this guy, we need to offer to keep him.'"

Quinn says Coach Tedford told him he has an offer to come in to compete for the starting spot in the spring and in turn earn a scholarship if he wins the job. Cal has had success in using walk-on fullbacks. Quinn understands the system in place, and holds no hard feelings. Moreover, he still holding on that Cal will come around and offer him.

"They are eventually going to realize that I'm going to be a big asset to the team," said Quinn.

"The fullback is a big position for them. They are the only team in the nation to have seven consecutive 1,000-yard rushers. The fullback is definitely a big part of their offense. I think if they are serious about being a contender for the Pac-10 championship, they are going to need me."

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