Coming out of high school, there were those who truly believed Oklahoma junior Michiah Quick would be better off or perhaps a better prospect at cornerback instead of wide receiver.
And you can add OU coach Bob Stoops to that list. Stoops confirmed Tuesday evening at the OU caravan in Tulsa that Quick will indeed be making the switch from wide receiver to cornerback for the 2016 season.
“Michiah, out of high school, I loved – when I walked in the building and was with him out there, I’m watching his tapes,” Stoops said. “As a DB he was exceptional. At first when we were recruiting him I thought that’s what we were recruiting him as.
“Then he wanted to play receiver and he was good there too - explosive, making plays. He has size, quickness, speed, attitude, so hopefully he’s a guy that can compete for it.”
Quick never got it going as a receiver during his first two years in Norman. After showing signs of promise as a freshman, he had to work his way up the depth chart as a sophomore but still never really showed that highlight-making ability everybody was hoping to see.
It was rumored following spring that Quick was making the switch and there was a lot more evidence to confirm that rumor last week when Quick was working with the defensive backs at OU’s high school two-day camp.
“I talked to the offensive coaches about it and I wanted to be sure we took advantage of where he could make the biggest impact,” Stoops said. “We just came to the conclusion talking to him and us as a staff after the season and we’ll try. He can always go back there if it doesn’t work.”
Because of his background as a two-way star in high school, Quick is as viable an option as anybody else in fighting for the other starting spot opposite Jordan Thomas.
Quick appeared to have more focus during the spring, fully realizing that if he wants to make an impact with the Sooners, it starts now and going forward into the 2016 season.