"Q" is Back!

It was up to U-M to officially declare last year's top cornerback recruit <B>Quinton McCoy</b> on the team. And they have -- he is on the latest Wolverine roster! We recently received a communication from Qinton's father.

For McCoy's official U-M roster profile, go to:
MGoBlue.com: Quinton McCoy Roster Profile

Last year as a high school senior Cornerback Quinton McCoy was rated by Student Sports as the #82 high school prospect in the nation. The 5-10, 175-lb. speedster was timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40, and with a 38-inch vertical jump as well. In the spring of 2001 spring, he won the Arizona state championship in the largest high school division in the 100 meters (10.5 seconds), the 200 meters (21.5), the long jump (23-4, breaking a 37-year-old Arizona high school record) and the 400 meter relay. He gets his speed ‘honestly' – his father was a three-time all-American at Southern University in the 400 meters.

McCoy originally committed to Michigan on Jan. 1, 2002 (his dad reached me on a mountain top in Hawaii to break the news!), but came up short on his ACT score. He has spent this fall preparing for test re-takes and rehabbing an injured knee. And now he is back!

Quinton's father Bernard McCoy emailed yours truly in mid-December that Quinton was ready:

"We wanted to stick with our commitment to Michigan. Their staff has been awesome. There had been quite a few schools who have inquired if "Q" was still interested in Michigan, but we advised him to not change."

"Quinton has recovered well from his knee surgery (ACL suffered his senior year in high school). The 'time out' from football this fall was actually helpful in that regard, and he will not have any problems with the injury. If anything "Q" is faster and bigger than before, Tom. I'm a bit biased of course, but he is a great athlete with unbelievable potential."

During his senior football season McCoy was hampered with injuries. He had a high ankle sprain and the flu for the first five games, so he only played in three on offense. In those three he averaged 150 yards rushing per game (10+ yards per carry) and returned four kicks for touchdowns. For the season he totaled 1700 all-purpose yards, and also made six pass interceptions. But late in the season he was hit by injury again - he suffered a slight tear of his ACL. He had the knee scoped on Dec. 20, 2001 after which his father told yours truly, "The doctor found a small partial tear, not a full one. There is no other damage, no cartilage or anything, which is unusual. So he'll be great."

Note: of course don't expect to see "Q" in uniform at the Outback Bowl. He has to be an enrolled student first -- and the semester starts Jan. 7.

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