Trinity High School senior wide receiver James Quick looks might comfortable playing at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
One of the top targets for the University of Louisville staff, Quick had eight catches for 144 yards and one eye-catching 75-yard touchdown reception to spark the Shamrocks past St. Xavier 34-7 before 30,434 fans on Friday night.
"I like playing under the lights," Quick said. "I like big games and like being able to do whatever I need to in order to help my team win."
Quick now has a 5-1 record against his school's archrival and has 49 career touchdowns, but his TD in this game was memorable.
With the Shamrocks down 7-6 late in the second quarter, quarterback Travis Wright was scrambling and found Quick down field. He caught the ball at the Trinity 45-yard-line and appeared to be going out of bounds with three St. X defenders within tackling distance.
But the speedy Quick switched directions, picked up a monster block from running back Dalyn Dawkins and kept going. He again looked like he was going to be tackled, then ran into one of his own teammates.
Quick kept going, finally outracing two St. X defenders into the end zone.
"I just caught the ball and looked down field and saw Dalyn Dawkins coming back for a kill shot," Quick said. "After his block, nothing but daylight. I tried to stay as close to the sidelines as possible, in case I needed to go out of bounds.
"When I looked back Travis was scrambling so I knew to get into his vision. He got me the ball. I saw about four St. X defenders, I just had to get to end zone."
About his TD catch, Quick said "it probably ranks up there, but I am not finished yet."
Quick now has 37 catches for 578 yards and five touchdowns in six career games against St. Xavier. He had eight catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the regular-season game last year.
"That's what he is," Beatty said. "You can bottle him up three times and on the fourth time he will take it to the house. He enjoys the game. He was bouncing off the walls all week long, especially today.
Quick now has 51 catches for 862 yards and eight TDs in six games this season. He has 246 catches for 3,883 yards and 49 TDs during his career.
For his career, Quick now ranks second all-time in state history in career catches. He's 20 behind former Male standout Montrell Jones. He's fourth in career TDs and career receiving yards.
Quick has visited all three home games at U of L and said he would be making a visit to Ohio State for the Nebraska game on Oct. 6.
He said he's not thinking a lot about the recruiting process at this point but listed Louisville on top, followed by Ohio State, Oregon, Kentucky and Tennessee. He said Tennessee moved up and replaced Cincinnati.
And when asked what has kept U of L on top of his list, Quick said "the fact it's close to home and I like what they're doing as far as offense goes."