A sleeper in Tennessee's getting looks

Quinton Alton is still learning the game of football, but his combination of size and athleticism along with his potential is getting him a good bit of attention.

"Quinton Alton has really had a strong year for us, especially these last two or three games," said Hillcrest Head Coach Williams Johnson. "He is playing tight end and defensive end for use and is really playing well on defense."

That is the side of the ball Tennessee State offered him a scholarship to play. That is Alton's lone offer right now, but Coach Johnson thinks that will change in the future.

"Tennessee, Ole Miss, Kentucky, North Carolina, and a lot of schools are still showing interest and he camped at all those schools over the summer, so they have an idea of what he can be. I think more offers are going to come."

In fact he thinks one schools is on the verge of offering and if they do pull the trigger, then Alton could be end recruiting right then.

"North Carolina has really been recruiting him hard and they have requested more film, and they want to get him on campus for a game. The coaches pretty much told me if he visits then they are going to offer."

"Quentin really likes North Carolina too, so he could commit to them if they offer."

North Carolina is one of the top basketball programs in the country and playing hoops is Alton's first love. The 6-foot-6, 250 pound senior out of Memphis (TN) now has taken a liking to football.

"He has been a basketball guy all his life, but we got him out on the football field and he has turned into a football guy now," said Coach Johnson. "He is still raw, but he has caught on quickly and he has a lot of potential."

So much potential that he could play on the highest level at the right position according to the Hillcrest coach.

"Most schools are recruiting him to play defensive end or possibly some tight end, but if he bought into playing offensive tackle, then he could play on Sundays. He is that good and that athletic. He has long arms, he wears a size 17 shoe, he has the frame to add the needed weight, and he is about to get his first taste of that position too. He will line up at tackle for us next week and I feel he could go a long way at that position."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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