Jovonn Quillen committed to Virginia Tech in February, but the NC State coaches are unfazed and seem ready to recruit him just as hard as they were before he committed.
Hampton H.S. in Virginia sends a lot of kids to Virginia Tech as students and Quillen is planning to take his football talents to Frank Beamer’s program. Dave Doeren would like to have something to say about that. Quillen committed in late February.
Quillen first gained attention in his home state after his sophomore year. That was two years ago and that year Quillen had 1,300 yards of total offense playing against bigger and older players. Last year as he became one of the older players on the field as a junior (but still young enough to keep the “next big thing” label) his numbers improved. Playing at quarterback he surpassed the 1,000 yard mark on the ground and through the air to the tune of 2,350 total. He reached the end zone with his legs or with his arm two dozen times.
He expects to get a shot at quarterback at Virginia Tech or at whatever school he ends up at. Quillen (6-2, 190) is gradually becoming more comfortable sitting in the pocket and surveying the field. However, he also has the skills to play defensive back and that has likely played a role in the Pack's interest.
“I’ve been hearing from Coach Barlow for probably a month or two. I did visit there before my sophomore year for a camp and I was supposed to go to their last Junior Day but I didn’t make it. Coach Barlow hasn’t said much to me but he wanted to get me up because we hadn’t had a lot of communication. He was supposed to offer me on the visit but I had a scheduling issue. I just didn’t have a ride.”
Because Quillen is still expecting NC State to offer the next time he gets to visit the school he wants to make that trip if for no other reason than to have another option in case he starts to waver. He is not wavering now but offers can’t hurt.
Quillen has been thinking about visiting NC State for a long time. A year ago Michael Clark spoke to Quillen and he remembered that same visit after his sophomore year. Even a year ago he was talking about his desire to visit again. He is still waiting. The coaches at State seem more serious about offering now so that trip might not be so far off on the horizon anymore.
“I know they have that one quarterback (Jacoby) Brissett and they do a little read option with him. That’s the kind of offense I think would be good for me so I’d like to check it out a little bit. I did go to their game against Carolina my sophomore year. I got invited so I went with my coach. That was cool but it was so hot we really couldn’t watch the game too much.
“Another reason I like them a little bit is I think Coach Barlow actually coached my dad when he was at JMU. He hasn’t really talked about Coach Barlow but I’m sure he knows a little bit about him.”
If any school is going to win Quillen’s heart they will have to go through Virginia Tech. Quillen was at Virginia Tech for a Junior Day and he said one of the main things he likes about the school is the quality of the football facilities. Freshman running back Marshawn Williams is Quillen’s cousin so he has a relative on the team now. He attended Phoebus High School which is also in Hampton.
Old Dominion is a school that Quillen visits often because he is so close to the campus. Quillen said if NC State offers it might cause him to take a closer look.