Signee Update: Robert Quinn

Following a turbulent winter that included emergency surgery and a down-to-the-wire recruitment, North Carolina signee Robert Quinn can't wait to return to the gridiron.

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"I'm ready to get up [to UNC] and – after what happened – ready to get to play football again," Quinn said. "I guess you can say I'm sort of anxious."

Quinn, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end from North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester, signed a National Letter-of-Intent with UNC just hours – if not minutes – after deciding on the Tar Heels over Alabama and Auburn.

Quinn remains happy with his decision.

"I thought I made a good choice, the right choice and I don't see anything to regret it on," Quinn said.

Roughly three months prior to National Signing Day, Quinn underwent an emergency procedure to have a brain tumor removed.

He missed the final three games of his senior football season, which included two playoff games. He also had to pass on invitations to play in the Shrine Bowl and the Under Armour All-American Game.

Quinn did, however, return to the mat midway through the wrestling season. He won his third consecutive SCHSL 4A State Heavyweight Title and continued his 86-match undefeated streak. He hasn't lost since his freshman season and has a total of 118 career victories.

"It didn't feel as good as the first [state title], but it lets me know that I'm making good strides and back to normal in athletics, and gives me confidence about my return to football," Quinn said.

For the spring season, Quinn elected to just focus on following UNC's workout regimen.

"I'm still trying to get my body adjusted to the way they lift," said Quinn, who is currently in his desired 250-255-pound range.

The lack of depth at defensive end matched with Quinn's physical readiness makes him a prime candidate for playing time this fall.

"[UNC] just needs someone with my physical ability – I can stop the run and pressure the passer."

Quinn is hoping he can wear his high school jersey number, No. 35, at UNC.

Although he's confident things will be in order in time for his June 16th campus arrival, Quinn's academic situation is somewhat of a concern.

"I'm not going to lie to you, I'm borderline right now," Quinn said. "Normally when you first get to high school you buckle down. I guess I was one of the ones that didn't. I guess it came back to bite me. I guess you can say senioritis also kicked in a little bit and my GPA dropped. I'm also not the best test taker. I'm trying to take these tests now and boost my GPA up and get eligible."

Sam Pittman, Quinn's primary recruiter at UNC, dropped by Fort Dorchester last week to acquire updated information on Quinn's academic situation.

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