Junior receiver in for Invasion

Jaevon McQuitty started the recruiting process with a couple major offers. Next month the rising junior receiver from Columbia, Mo., hopes to impress Missouri and Notre Dame during camp stops at each program.

Back when Jaevon McQuitty was setting up spring visits, the junior receiver didn’t know which program might be his first offer.

Nebraska had reached out with an invitation to its spring game without having offered. The product of Columbia, Mo., chose to attend. He returned home with his first scholarship and an opportunity to play college football at a power five program.

Kansas has since followed suit.

“I actually didn’t expect it,” McQuitty said. “They just e-mailed my coach and told me to come down to Nebraska. I thought I was just going down to the spring game, like a visit on campus. When they offered me I was just very happy. I didn’t expect it. When I got the KU offer they called me at like 8:30 in the morning. I was like, ‘Who’s this?’ Then I answered and they said it was a KU coach and how he was a big fan of mine. They said they wanted to offer me a scholarship.”

Others have started to express more interest. McQuitty has heard from Missouri, Miami (Ohio), Purdue and some others during the spring evaluation period.

McQuitty is still in the process of figuring out some summer visits but does have a couple camp stops on the docket. He’ll work out for Missouri, the hometown program, then make the trek to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion camp.

“I actually want to show them that Columbia has good receivers,” McQuitty said of Missouri. “Just ball skills and I want to show them that I’m a complete guy. They’ve been showing a little bit of love. They invited me to the spring game and they’ve been coming to my school here and there.”

Notre Dame invited the 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect through the mail. McQuitty has been keeping tabs on the Irish for years.

“I’ve actually been a big fan of them since I was younger,” he said. “I want to see what it’s actually like there and just the tradition factor. No. 1, I liked their jerseys and just the tradition and the coaching. They always put players into the NFL. That’s actually something big I like about them.”

McQuitty doesn’t have any immediate plans to accelerate the recruiting process with more scholarship offers perhaps in the works. But he will start comparing potential destinations as more come into focus.

“How they treat me as a person instead of an athlete,” McQuitty said of top criteria. “I feel like if I were to get hurt, I don’t want to be just trashed and have them forget about me. I want them to actually care about me as a person.”

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