Make no mistake about it, Vontre McQuinnie is firmly committed to Oklahoma. But his parents have urged him to visit other schools and see what they have to offer.
Although McQuinnie doesn't know which other programs he'll see this summer, SMU will certainly be one of them.
"I will most definitely visit because it's so close to home that my parents wouldn't even question it," McQuinnie said. "They would say let's go and see what it's all about. Like every other school, I want to see what they have to offer."
On Tuesday, the Mustangs officially extended an offer to the three-star linebacker. The way it happened, however, left McQuinnie somewhat bewildered.
"One of the coaches came by practice late last week. But he left without talking to me or anything," McQuinnie said. "Today, my high school coach told me they called and offered.
"Usually, he tells me how interested they are in me and we weigh the pros and cons of the school. But he didn't really say much about them, and I've never talked to anybody from SMU so I don't know how interested they are."
If SMU has any chance of changing McQuinnie's mind, wide receivers coach Jason Phillips, who recruits Lancaster, must develop a strong relationship with him. After all, that's what led McQuinnie to commit to Oklahoma back in early February.
"I talk to Coach Mike (Stoops) and Coach Bob Stoops every other week. I think I would really enjoy playing for them. They're all about winning and being successful," he said. "Oklahoma has always been one of my top three favorite schools. It's about two hours away so it's close to me. It's a family environment, and I think it will be a great home for the next four or five years."
It's obviously going to be a tough fight for the Ponies. But McQuinnie is slightly intrigued by SMU.
"My interest level in SMU is the same as all the schools that aren't Oklahoma. I don't know much," he said."But SMU's (resurgence) is big you know because we don't have any schools in the Dallas area playing big ball so SMU is trying to step up into a bigger conference and play bigger ball so they're trying to take it to the next level."
McQuinnie plans on visiting Oklahoma this weekend and has no other visits scheduled but hopes to take a few in the next couple of months.
With his commitment out of the way, McQuinnie has spent most of his time improving in the weight room and hopes to lead Lancaster back to the state title game this season.
"Next year is going to be my senior season so I need to take charge. I pay attention to the details of how stuff should work and I'm pretty much the quarterback of my defense," he said. "I feel like I can be an All-American, and there is no doubt we'll get back to state."
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