With Wisconsin wanting to make recruiting on the East Coast a priority, the Badgers coaching staff has slowly started to make inroads in Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey, but one state they are still trying to land a commitment from is Virginia.
Nhyre Quinerly - a 5-11 cornerback from Norfolk, Va. - is impressed with what Wisconsin has to offer. Since the Badgers have offered the three-star cornerback last July, his relationship with wide receivers coach Chris Beatty is only continuing to grow.
“Coach Beatty and I are like friends,” Quinerly told BadgerNation. “As soon as Wisconsin offered me last year we’ve been talking like every week or every other week.”
Outside of his scholarship offer from Wisconsin, Quinerly also has offers from Virginia, Massachusetts, North Carolina State, East Carolina and James Madison. He has now trimmed his list to a top three of East Carolina, N.C. State and Wisconsin.
“All three schools have good atmospheres and I like what they can offer me after football,” Quinerly said. “I feel like when you graduate from college it’s about who you know and all three schools have strong alumni.”
Having no favorites among the three, Quinerly breaks down the three schools:
East Carolina: ”I feel like there an up and coming program and I like their coaches. I get along well with them they’re all really good guys at East Carolina.”
North Carolina State: ”They play a pro style defense and they don’t have any superstars, so I feel like I could possibly come in and play right away.”
Wisconsin: ”The atmosphere seems to be really great at Wisconsin and Coach Beatty talks to me about football. Not only does he want to get to know me but he also wants to get to know my family as well. I don’t have a whole lot of family so when he wants to talk about how my family is doing it means a lot. It shows that he cares about me and that he is not just giving me a sales pitch on why I should go to Wisconsin. He also talks to me about the academics at Wisconsin and how it can benefit me and my family.”
Although Wisconsin already has landed a pair of cornerback commitments from Dallas South Oak Cliff in teammates Takadrae Williams and X’zavien Ausborne, Beatty believes Quinerly is someone who can line up either at the corner or safety position.
“We’ve talked about how I’d probably start out at corner but they could possibly use me like Tyrann Mathieu from LSU,” Quinerly said. “They think I’m a versatile player and that I could have success. I like hearing that because they are not trying to change me and they would use me to my strengths.”
As a junior for Lake Taylor High School, Quinerly was able to record 58 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. Quinerly is confident that no matter where he lines up he’ll be able to make a play.
“I’d like to think of myself as a tenacious playmaker,” Quinerly said. “I feel like wherever you put me on the field, if it’s in the secondary, linebacker or defensive end, I’ll make a play for my team.”
Quinerly is planning to visit Wisconsin sometime in September but he still needs to work out the date.
“I want to get up for a football game so I can see the atmosphere live,” Quinerly said. “I’m just excited to see Madison and get a tour of the campus and learn more about the academics.”