Lewis Makes The Call For Quinn's Film

One of the first things Fort Dorchester head football coach Steve LaPrad will do Tuesday morning, is mail a highlight tape of defensive end Robert Quinn to Notre Dame assistant coach Bill Lewis. Lewis has been calling LaPrad a lot lately regarding the North Charleston, S.C. standout, who already holds 10 scholarship offers.

Judging by the offer list, Lewis and the other Irish coaches will probably like what they're going to see.

South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Tennessee have offered Robert Quinn. A few of those schools envision the 6-foot-4, 250-pound specimen, who is also a two-time state wrestling champion, as an outside linebacker.

"He is being recruited coast to coast," LaPrad said. "USC has called, Cal has called, Washington has called.

"I couldn't imagine anything being anymore crazy than it was with (recent Florida signee) Carlos (Dunlap), but I got a feeling its going to be. Robert is getting more attention earlier from broader schools than Carlos was getting."

Dunlap and Quinn were dominant defensive ends this past season. While the blue-chip Dunlap was racking up 105 tackles with 24 sacks, Quinn was on the other side making 85 tackles with 15 coming for loss including 11 sacks. He also had two fumble recoveries.

"I guess my speed and strength," Quinn said when asked what makes him such a good football player. He reported a 40-yard dash around 4.65, a bench press of 405 pounds and a squat of 510 pounds.

Quinn's sophomore year, he started at strongside linebacker, and occasionally played it again this past fall. He gives the Fort Dorchester defense versatility, and when LaPrad heard about Notre Dame's new 3-4 personnel scheme, he stated, "That's him. He‘d be perfect for that."

Steve Spurrier and South Carolina were the first school to step to the table and offer Quinn.

"I was excited to tell you the truth," Quinn said. "In my mind, I thought I was Mr. Big Stuff getting that offer. But then the rest of them started rolling in, and now it's just normal now."

Normal life for Quinn now is making phone calls to the likes of Florida's Urban Meyer, Tennessee's Phil Fulmer or Alabama's Nick Saban.

"They all seem like nice guys," Quinn said. "It's pretty fun."

Quinn said he doesn't have any favorites yet and is in no hurry to make a decision. He has visited the campuses at South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn and Tennessee.

"I liked them all," Quinn said.

Eventually he could check out Notre Dame's campus.

Quinn dropped by LaPrad's office last week to pick up a ridiculous amount of mail, including plenty of letters from Notre Dame, and LaPrad told him Notre Dame had been calling.

"He said what do you think about going up up there," Quinn said. "He said you should really think about taking a trip up there. One of the other coaches on the staff really likes Notre Dame and he said I could take him with me. I was like lets go.

"My coach said don't blow them off, that's basically where football originated. I don't know too much about them. I know they have Touchdown Jesus."

"Many young people don't know that's where it all started," LaPrad said. He has coached several Division-I football players. "I said Robert, good lord, Notre Dame. They kind of recruited a former player of mine, Byron Maxwell (now at Clemson), and I told both of them that's where it all started. That's as good as it gets. I told him I'd go out there with him. I've never been to Notre Dame."

Quinn finished third at wrestling state as a freshman on top of his two state titles, and is receiving attention for that, but most coaches know he plans to play football on the next level.

Quinn reports a 2.6 GPA.

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