Wake Leads for Maryland OL

Quinton Sales is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Maryland and he has the Deacs at the top of his list.

Quinton Sales, a 6-2, 278-pound offensive guard from Friendly High School in Fort Washington, MD, has offers from Wake Forest, UConn, Kent State and Akron. He is also hearing from schools like Illinois, Boston College, Stanford and Syracuse. His decision might not be for another couple of months, but Wake Forest may be the school to beat.

"Wake Forest is probably my No. 1 choice right now," said Sales. "They're a member of the ACC, which is a really good conference. It's also a private school with great academics. The school has a lot of tradition and they had a great season last year. I just think it would be a good fit.

"Illinois is behind them, but they haven't offered yet. Their coaches are cool and they're real with you. They do a good job of letting you know about what's going on up there. It feels like they're on the rise, and they have a lot big-time players committing. Rodney Pittman is my god brother, and he's a middle linebacker up there."

Sales will be camping at Wake Forest this Sunday, and he will be at Illinois on June 15. He said he would also like to plan to camp or visit Boston College, Syracuse and perhaps UConn.

"All these schools are recruiting me to play offensive line," he said. "The only one that said I could play offense or defense is Miami of Ohio. It's looking like I'll play guard or center in college. Our school is at the 3A level, so I'm one of the bigger guys. In college that might not be the case, so I'll definitely be playing guard or center.

"I do a good job of getting to the second level of defenders. I'm a technician on the field. My technique is really good as both a run blocker and a pass blocker. I'm quick for a lineman too."

Friendly High School won the state championship last year, and Sales had a lot of help. He is good friends with teammates Lamaar Thomas and Josh Haden.

"We had talked about going to school together, but those guys have offers from just about everybody," he said. "Right now it would depend on whether or not my offers match up. We all have to do what's best for us. I was talking to Lamaar about it the other day, and I think we were going to try to make our decision in August or sometime early in the season. We all agreed we want to commit around then."

Sales said there will not be one factor that he considers more than any other when making his decision. He will consult the people around him and look for the school with the best combination of "tradition, playing time and coaches."


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