2012 Breakdown: Cody Quinn

Saturday night, Irish Eyes caught 2012 defensive back Cody Quinn in action. Dave Berk offers a review of Quinn's potential after taking in his second live performance this season.

One player on Notre Dame's radar for the Class of 2012 is Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback. Saturday night, we caught Quinn in action for the second time this season and have the following breakdown:

Helping his team go 10-0 during the regular season, Cody Quinn showed the skill set needed to turn college coaches heads. Having already visited Notre Dame, Quinn is a player who will get a hard look from the Irish for the 2012 class.

The first thing you notice about Quinn is his ability to open up his hips, turn, and run with opposing receivers out of a back pedal. While this is the first thing many will look at, the ability to be fluid while coming out of a back pedal allows him to use his speed to close on the ball and receiver.

Cody Quinn
Pat Strang, Scout.com
At this level, Quinn at times is used to cover in zone areas and does a good job of reading the quarterback and anticipating where the play is going. It is here where Quinn uses his instincts to cover a pass or come up in run support. When he supports the run, he does a good job of finishing off plays by wrapping and makes the tackle.

Quinn has plenty of speed and the ability to stop on a dime and cut; he is explosive and capable of going up to the highest point against taller receivers and gets the ball.

Quinn will need to continue to get stronger and refined his overall coverage skills in press coverage.

Quinn visited the Irish this season for a game and is starting to find several programs taking hard looks and getting ready to make offers.

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