McQuinnie still a solid OU commit

Vontre McQuinnie has been an OU commit for more than six months at this point. Does he have any desire to look around?

Not many people would have guessed Lancaster (Texas) High safety Vontre McQuinnie would wind up being Oklahoma's first commit for the Class of 2014.

If everything goes to plan, though, he will be. McQuinnie committed to OU on Feb. 2 at the Sooners' first junior day. It may have appeared rushed or purely impulsive since his teammate Dakota Austin committed to OU earlier that day.

Six months later and nothing has changed for the three-star prospect.

"Oh yeah, I'm still a solid OU commit," McQuinnie said. "I'm a solid OU commit no matter what happens."

McQuinnie ruffled a few feathers in March when he tweeted out he intended to visit LSU's junior day. He backed off and hasn't visited any other campus since.

But that doesn't mean he won't here going forward. Not necessarily because he wants to, but his parents are urging him to visit other schools this season simply to enjoy the experience. McQuinnie made it clear his parents are in no way telling him to back down from his commitment.

Growing up, McQuinnie said he liked OU, Alabama and LSU. When talking about where he would like to visit, McQuinnie essentially let OU fans they have nothing to worry about.

"There's none in particular right now," McQuinnie said. "Actually, I would love to see OU again. I'm hoping to get back real soon."

McQuinnie made it clear to other coaches he was set with OU during the spring. That actually made his summer a lot less hectic as he said he didn't have coaches from other schools trying to get in contact with him.

The only coach he's talking with right now is OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

"I'm talking with Coach Stoops a lot, but it feels more like a family than a coaching staff," McQuinnie said. "That's a big reason why I feel like OU is the place for me."

Coming off a big junior season, McQuinnie is ready to get rolling with his senior campaign. He knows he'll have to step up and be a leader, but his role on the defense is the same as last year.

McQuinnie, who said he feels comfortable at either safety or linebacker, said there was one thing he worked on this summer.

"Patience, it was all about patience," McQuinnie said. "When in man coverage, don't be too anxious. The team looks real promising, and the level of expectation is different. But I'm ready, and the team is ready."

McQuinnie said no discussion of his official visit to OU has occurred because he is going to take any official visits after the season.

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