On Sunday, Quincy Quetant became the seventeenth high schooler to make a verbal commitment to play his college football at the University of Cincinnati. Bearcat Insider spoke at length to Quincy on Monday evening.
Just when Bearcat football fans thought the future couldn't get any
brighter after Saturday night's 40-14 win over Marshall to run Cincinnati's record to 4-0, Sunday held even
more good news. The Bearcat
football program cracked the Associated Press Top 25 to receive its first
national ranking since 1976, and Timber Creek
High School's Quincy Quetant verbally committed to UC while on his official visit.
Quetant becomes the third Floridian to verbally commit to Brian Kelly and
his staff. The other two are
Dominique Battle of the American Heritage School and Patrick Lambert from Osceola High School. Quincy
actually knows Dominique since they both attended the Sunshine Prep Camp
together in Tampa this summer. Dominique was excited his summer
teammate will be joining him again, this time as a Bearcat. "We played together in the 7-on-7 camp
this summer. He's physical and
actually plays linebacker at his school, but he projects as a defensive back on
the college level. He has good ball
skills, and I actually just talked to him a little earlier." When Dominique got word of Quincy's official visit to the Queen City, he called Quetant and the two
Although officially listed as a linebacker in high school, Quincy described himself a
little differently. "I'm more like
an outside linebacker/strong safety."
The most recent Cincinnati commitment also plays wide receiver
and running back at Timber Creek, but no schools were recruiting him for the
offensive side of the ball.
The list of schools courting Quincy with offers of college scholarships was
lengthy. "I had offers from a lot
of schools but some of them were Mississippi State, Vanderbilt,
Kansas, Indiana, Iowa
State, UCF, Buffalo, Middle
Tennessee State, and Akron."
The only school to get an official visit other than Cincinnati was Iowa State.
The 6' 1"/200 pound defender said he runs the forty-yard-dash in the high
4.5 range. His visit to Clifton this weekend just
confirmed how he felt all along.
"It was a place that I really liked already. The visit just put me over the top. I liked it. My mom liked it. The coaches are real cool, and they care
about their players." Quincy must have been high on Cincinnati's list because
he received his official offer way back in the spring.
Quincy & his
As is the practice during official visits, Quincy and his mother met with
Coach Kelly on Sunday morning.
described the meeting. "Coach Kelly
brought us into his office and told us what they have to offer. He told us about him and his life and
how he got to Cincinnati and where he is planning to
go." Coach Kelly made it clear that
winning Big East championships is the destination of the program.
Having a sellout crowd on hand Saturday night certainly didn't hurt the
Bearcats in Quetant's recruitment.
"Yeah, it was really loud. I
anticipated it because Cincinnati is on the rise. I like big crowds and especially big
crowds that get into the game. It
got me even more pumped up."
The Timber Creek Wolves are currently 2-2 this season and have had a
number of close games according to Quincy, but it sounds as if the defense is
playing well. "We lost the first
game in overtime when they blocked our field goal. We were up in our second game 7-0, but
they scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. We won our past game 3-0 with a last
second field goal." Quetant may fit
in well with Joe Tresey's defense, which currently leads the country in
interceptions. Quincy recorded seven
interceptions from his linebacker spot last year.
Academics shouldn't be a problem since Quetant estimated his GPA to be in
the 2.8 range. He plans to major in business management at Cincinnati.
Jacob Ramsey was Quincy's host, and the Floridian made sure he
made an informed decision by spending plenty of time on campus. "We got there Saturday morning, and we
didn't leave until Monday. I wanted
to see everything."
What I noticed about Quincy is he could be UC freshman running back
Montez Patterson's brother. I
thought the two looked amazingly similar.
Quetant plans to sign his letter-of-intent in February.