Ohio WR Richard Quinn Talks Recruiting

Since arriving in Iowa City in late 1998, Kirk Ferentz and his coaching staff have been on the lookout for big, physical wide receiers. Kahari Stewart fit that mold, but a heart condition stopped his Hawkeye career before it began. This year, Iowa has landed Marcus Wilson and Trey Stross, both over 6-feet-2, but they are not done at the position. One of their targets its Ohio's Richard Quinn, a 6-4, 220-pound pass catcher with solid speed. Quinn talks about his recruitment, including Iowa.

Ohio's Richard Quinn came to the Buckeye State from Huntsville, Alabama and he still remembers his first day at Maple Heights (Senior) High School.

"The first thing I needed to do was find the football coach and I did that." Quinn said. "I told coach Rotsky that I just moved up to the Cleveland area from Alabama and I wanted to play football. I've only been in Ohio for about a year.

"I remember coach Rotsky taking one look at me and saying ‘Ok'. We moved up to Cleveland from Alabama because my dad was in the Military and he retired.

"My mom and dad's family is all here in Cleveland so that's why we made the move. I like it but I could do without the cold weather sometimes."

Quinn, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder plays wide receiver for Maple Heights but his size has several schools looking at him as a tight end.

"Iowa (offer) is looking at me as a receiver, definitely," said Quinn. "Coach Ferentz told me that they would like to get me outside on some smaller corners and utilize my talent as a receiver and as a blocker.

"Pittsburgh (offer) and North Carolina (offer) are both telling me they want me as a tight end or H-back. Both of these schools said they would like to motion me out of the backfield and get mismatches against linebackers."

Does Quinn have a leader at this time?

"It would have to be Pittsburgh right now. I went to Pitt's camp and formed a pretty strong bond with the coaching staff and I liked the facilities a lot.

"I'm not close to making a decision. I'll probably wait until after the season and take some visits. My favorites are Pittsburgh (offer), Akron (offer), North Carolina (offer), Iowa (offer), Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Quinn had 12 catches for 254 yards and a touchdown as a junior and was named all-conference.


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