Quick ready to "do great things" at U of L

James Quick will enroll at the University of Louisville in two weeks but on Saturday collected yet another piece of hardware before he graduated from Trinity High School. Quick ended his stellar prep career with a state title in the 200-meter dash at the Class 3-A state Track and Field meet on the U of L track. Cardinal Authority was there and talked to Quick about his future after the race.

Arguably the best high school prep athlete Kentucky has produced in years, James Quick graduated from Trinity High School on Sunday morning.

Quick walked across the state with eight state titles.

The University of Louisville football signee won three Class 6-A state football titles while at Trinity, helped the Shamrocks to the school's first state basketball title and won four straight 200-meter dash titles in track and field.

"It's great," Quick said with a smile. "I am very excited now because high school is over and it's time to move onto the next step.

"I'm looking forward to it and hopefully I can do great things."

Quick, the highest ranked player to ever sign to play football at U of L, finished his high school career with his fourth 200 title on Saturday night. He won the 200 in 21.17, which was just off his state record time of 20.94 from last year. Quick was second in the 100 to Ballard's Will Bush.

"I didn't finish how I wanted too, but a win is a win," said Quick, noting he was hoping to break his own state record. "It's good coming out here and winning it again because no one can take it away from me."

Quick, who said he will "definitely" run track at U of L, will start school at U of L on June 3. He's expected to enroll and move in sometime next week.

"I'm ready and I'm excited," he said. "It will be fun to take the next step."

After finishing his prep football career as a Parade All-American and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game MVP, Quick said he knows there will be some lofty expectations for him when he suits up for the Cardinals.

"I just have to go in and put in work hard," he said. "It's going to be a lot of hard work. I am looking forward to it."

U of L has a ton of talent in the wide receiver group coming back off last year's Sugar Bowl team, but the reigning Mr. Football said he "wants to push" for a starting spot as a freshman. He also expects to return kicks.

"I expect to go in and try and earn my starting position," he said. "With me, it's just adding another weapon to the offense. (Offensive coordinator Shawn) Watson said he would put me where he thinks I can produce.

"I'm just ready to work hard and get going."

As a senior, Quick had 85 catches for 1,413 yard and 16 touchdowns in 12 games. He finished his career as the state's all-time leader in receptions with 280 and third in receiving yards (4,437) and touchdowns (57).

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