Quick visits Ohio State; U of L still leads

Trinity High School wide receiver James Quick, the top college football prospect in the state of Kentucky, made his first official visit over the weekend. Quick was at Ohio State and recaps the visit and looks ahead with Cardinal Authority.

James Quick said he was "really impressed with" Ohio State University during his official visit over the weekend to Columbus, Ohio.

But after one official visit, Quick wasn't ready to change the order of schools that he's currently looking at – Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon.

"Yes, still in that order," Quick said on Monday night. "I still have two more schools to visit (Louisville and Oregon), so I'm not going to move anybody up or down after one visit. It was fun and I had a really good time there.

"I'm just trying to take it all in and look at the big picture. I want to see what school is best for me, playing time early and academics."

Quick, who broke several ribs two weeks ago against St. Xavier and missed last week's Class 6-A semifinal, said he would set up an official visit for Louisville in the next few weeks and is likely to make the trip to Oregon in late December.

Kentucky and Tennessee had also been on his list before the school's had a coaching change and he said he's watching to see who gets hired.

"It's not too late for anybody, I just have to see who they hire," Quick said, noting he wasn't certain when he would make his college decision.

After watching Trinity edge Scott County 21-14 on Friday night, Quick and his family made the trip to Columbus and attended the game against Michigan on Saturday in Ohio Stadium – the horseshoe.

"The atmosphere was great," Quick said. "It was probably the craziest atmosphere I have ever seen for a game, as far as the fans really not liking the other team. It was a lot of fun to be there and watch it."

Quick spent the night in Columbus and met with the staff and took a tour of the facilities and campus on Sunday. He returned home on Monday.

It was his third visit to Ohio State, including the Nebraska game for an unofficial earlier this season and also last year for the Ohio State Spring Game.

"I found out a lot, like they have an early graduation program they put the players in and just how much they stress academics," Quick said. "It was nice to be able to see everything and just the whole atmosphere, it was great."

Quick said the pitch from all three schools has been pretty much the same, telling him he could get on the field next season.

"They said I could work myself into a starting spot and play early," Quick said. "I want to go to a place where I can play early."

Quick said he plans to keep close contact with the Ohio State staff and after this weekend's 6-A state final will focus on making his final two visits. He's expected to play in the Jan. 5 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

And at some point, he'll make a decision.

"I really don't know when," he said. "I am just watching and listening and seeing what everybody has on the table."

Quick did say there was "a chance" he could play in Saturday's 6-A state final against Pleasure Ridge Park. He said he ran with his teammates on Monday and "it hurt a little, but overall it's been feeling better," about his ribs.

"I'm not sure," Quick said when asked if he will play.

A five-star prospect, Quick is ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver and No. 22 prospect overall by Scout.com. He has 82 catches for 1,333 yards and 14 touchdowns this season for the Shamrocks (12-1).

For his career, Quick has a state-record 277 catches for 4,354 yards and 55 TDs.

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