Hutchinson CC linebacker Quen Head recently received an offer from the University of Utah, and took some time to talk to Utezone about the offer and about his recruitment.
"I was just offered by Utah, so I’m up to 5 or 6 offers now, and I’ve been hearing from Memphis, Syracuse, Washington St. and now Louisville is starting to talk to me." Head told Utezone recently.
"Coach (Guy) Holliday called me up and said that I had an offer to play at Utah, and it was a great feeling to hear that,” Head said, “I’ve been in contact with Coach Holliday and Coach Ena, and they both tell me that I’m a great fit in the defense and what they want to do. He said I have the same type of playing style that the previous linebacker had, I think his name was (Gionni) Paul."
Head is a 6-foot 2-inch 205 pound linebacker, that plays with a tenacity and a motor that does not stop running. In a lot of ways, Head has similarities to a recent Utah signee, and fellow Juco product, LB/S Marquise Blair. Head not only shows the ability to make plays in the backfield against the run or blitzing the quarterback, but he also possesses a good blend of athleticism and awareness when dropping into coverage.
Coming out of high school, Head was recruited as a safety & linebacker but didn’t have the academics, which led to his decision to attend a Junior College. “It was kind of blessing in disguise to be honest,” Head said. “In high school, I didn’t get the right test scores which didn’t help my recruitment, and I committed to Georgia State. My score didn’t allow me to enroll there and they wanted me to go to a nearby community college and then enroll. I had a friend that went to Hutchinson, which kind of brought me here, and it’s been great.”
As a freshman for the Blue Dragons last season, Head finished with 79 tackles, 6 sacks, 13 tackles-for-loss and 1 interception, which shows his versatility as a defender. "I’m a guy that can make plays all over the field. I like Utah’s defense because it’s aggressive and that fits me well, I think my biggest strength is my tackling, I love to hit. I can cover the field and I'm good coming off the edge blitzing, which is what I want to continue to do at the next level.”
Head knows what he’s looking for in the school he wants to commit to as well, and could make a decision soon. “I’m wanting to study Sports Medicine or Business,” Head advised. “So, I’m looking for a school that graduates a lot of players, and a school that gives me an opportunity to play right away.”
Head is scheduled to take an official visit to Utah sometime in July, and if all goes well he could even make a commitment. “Coach Holliday & Coach Ena set up an official (visit) for me in July, and I’m excited to check it out. I’m not in a rush to make a decision, but I’ll make one if it feels right.”
Head will finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2017 football season.