McQuinnie's OU dream not over

OU still might have one more piece to the 2014 class coming to campus.

Oklahoma got some good news last weekend when offensive tackle Orlando Brown did what was necessary to qualify for the Sooners.

Add another one to that list as three-star prospect Vontre McQuinnie said Tuesday evening he is also on pace to be at OU sooner than later.

“I wasn’t academically qualified so I had to take two classes this summer,” McQuinnie said. “I should be there within the next two weeks.”

McQuinnie has had a wild 12 months that saw him transfer from Lancaster (Texas) High to DeSoto (Texas) High in the middle of the season. But he said the transfer part is not why he’s not at OU this summer.

Even though it was a tough situation, McQuinnie said he accepts full responsibility for not getting the job done in the classroom. He said when graduation came around, he sort of realized he was a couple of credits short from being where he wanted to be.

After reviewing his options, he knew what he had to do and couldn’t be more grateful for the way the OU coaches have handled the situation.

“I know I have to be patient,” McQuinnie said. “And I know I’m blessed to have this second chance because not a lot of people would get an opportunity like this.”

Getting over the disappointment was tough, but McQuinnie said his relationship with the OU coaches has not changed at all. He said he still talks with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops every week, and everything is going well.

McQuinnie is taking a government and a speech class and the session will end next Thursday. Once that’s settled, he’s ready to head to Norman.

He’ll have a lot of making up to do, missing all summer workouts and at least the first week of camp as practice starts Thursday for the Sooners.

“I’ve been working out, doing whatever I can,” McQuinnie said. “I’m going to go there and compete. Nothing has changed for me. I still don’t plan on redshirting.”

McQuinnie said he is around 212, 214 pounds and said, as far as he knows, nothing has changed regarding his position. He was recruited as a safety and believes that is going to be his position when he comes to Norman.

If McQuinnie does qualify, that would mean offensive guard Natrell Curtis will be the sole member of the 2014 class who was unable to make it to Norman. Still disappointing, but it’s not the three it looked like earlier this month with the questions swirling around with Brown and McQuinnie.

“As soon as I get my report card in, I’m sending it to compliance,” McQuinnie said. “I’m ready to get started.”

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