Oakland Bishop O’Dowd safety Quinn Brinnon has always played bigger than his stature leads on. His Scout profile says he is 6-foot, but he admits he is 5-foot-11.
“I have always played with a chip on my shoulder being a smaller dude,” Brinnon said. “I've always been the smallest one on the team, but I've always been the one that's the most physical and always been the one that hits. I think that chip on my shoulder makes me want it more and play harder.”
But the 15-1 Dragons were led by Brinnon, who racked up 65 tackles and two interceptions last season.
“I've always been the safety who is the hard-hitter and come down the field. I'm not scared to go against the linemen, 300-pound linemen or stick them in the chest and shut them off and make a tackle.,” Brinnon said.
Brinnon was among the group that visited Stanford in their junior day last week. The three-star safety currently has offers from Army, Fresno State, Hawaii, Montana State, Nevada, San Jose State, UC Davis, Utah State and Wyoming.
“It is a highly-academic school, so they hit you with what you need to achieve and what you want to get into Stanford, the potential you need to reach to graduate,” Brinnon said. “When you graduate, you will be setting up a life for you and your family after those years.”
Perhaps the most rewarding part for Brinnon was speaking with defensive backs coach Duane Akina and learning about what it means to be a Stanford defensive back.
“He told us what he wants in a player that he is recruiting,” Brinnon said. "Are they going to finish through the whistle? Are they going to hit hard and clean? When they are on the ground, are they going to be the ones that get back up and chase the guy down for 100 yards down the field?”
Brinnon feels he can answer “yes” to all of those questions.
The safety has visited Cal, Fresno State, Utah State and hopes to visit San Jose State, Boise State and Wyoming this offseason.
He wants to work on his speed, downfield drive and the “extra gear” when pursuing the ball carrier.