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Cali DE Quentin Yontz Talks Texas Tech Offer

Fullerton (California) College defensive lineman Quentin Yontz was offered a scholarship by Texas Tech defensive line coach Terrance Jamison (pictured above) on Wednesday and could be a late edition to the 2017 class. InsideTheRedRaiders caught up with Yontz for the scoop.

Texas Tech is looking for some late help along the defensive line for 2017, and the first summer prospect to be offered at defensive end is 6-foot-4, 265-pound  Quentin Yontz, out of Fullerton College in California. 

"Yesterday, the D-line coach Terrance Jamison came out to our practice and watched me. He followed me on Twitter, I called him, and he verbally offered me. He said he wants to get me down May 2nd or 3rd, with another recruit, so I'm probably going to trip out there."

Yontz discussed how coach Jamison emphasized the need he has for defensive linemen to come in to play this season.

"He was saying how he needs some JUCO guys to come in and start playing, not a high schooler to redshirt but somebody who can play right away, and that's why he offered me."

What are the Cali prospect's thoughts on Texas Tech?

"They're a great school playing in the Big 12, a great conference. A couple of my friends go to Baylor and stuff, so it would be cool to play with them at the next level."

Yontz was asked about his eligibility situation.

"Right now I'm about to graduate with my AA, I'll have my 60 units and I'll be able to transfer right in after this semester. I'll have a redshirt and two seasons to play."

The junior college defender is operating on a short timeline during this hectic spring evaluation period for making his commitment, and a commitment from the talented lineman could be imminent. 

"I'll make a decision here in the next week or two. I might consider just securing my spot, I'm going to call Coach tomorrow and ask him, just to be real with him, I'd like to visit the school and the coaches before making my decision, but how likely is it that they're first-come, first-serve right now? I'll have to figure that out and maybe commit earlier than my visit date."

Yontz discussed his academic plans for the next level.

"Right now I'm majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, so I'm probably going to stay with that."

Yontz was team captain, an all-conference selection, on the national champion Fullerton team. He racked up 38 total tackles and four sacks for the Rangers, seeing the majority of his time at interior defensive line.

"Coach Jamison wants me to play defensive end. At Fullerton, I played a lot of interior, three-technique, but he says I'm going to be playing more D-end. On passing downs, I might go inside to get more speed rushers on the field." 

The defensive lineman, who tallied 38 tackles, 10.5 stops for a loss, four sacks and a fumble recovery last season,  was asked to describe his playing style.

"I would say a hybrid. I'm a D-end at heart, that's what I do, but I play nose guard and I can get the job done there. I'm not afraid to get up in the mix in the interior, but I feel at home on the outside."

Yontz holds offers from Liberty, Missouri State, and Texas Tech. He is receiving interest from New Mexico, Western Michigan, and UCF, among others. 

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