Quintin Echols: Bustin' out

<b>Quintin Echols</b> is a man who is looking to get out of state...Texas, that is. The 6-2, 295-pound defensive tackle from OD Wyatt High School in Fort Worth TX has been thinking about it ever since he was a kid.

"Well, when I was younger, I was just never really that high on the Texas schools," Quintin told Dawgman.com. "I just want to get out and see more of the world."

There's reason to believe the State of Washington just might be part of Echols' future plans. It won't the most direct route ever taken, but a chance move by an old Wyatt coach has Quintin thinking about Washington. "I have an old high school coach that now coaches in Washington and goes to their practices," he said.

As it stands right now, Echols still has some business to attend to before he moves up and out to the next level. The Chaps are 3-2 so far this season, and Echols has 30 tackles and 5 sacks. All of those sacks came in two games. "We play Arlington Heights on Friday," said Quintin. "That's a big district game for us. We need to go out and show people that we are for real. I'm just working hard and praying every day."

Echols knows his time is now, and colleges are anxiously awaiting celluloid of him in action. One of those coaches is from Washington. "I talk to Coach Williams," he said. "He told me he needs to see film of my senior year, so I'm sending him some. He keeps telling me to play hard and to keep my grades up."

At nearly 3 bills, Echols has tremendous physical assets. He's run a 4.93 40 and has benched 380 pounds. It's that potent combination of size, speed and strength that has Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Wasington, Rice and Arkansas knocking at his door. While he has offers from schools like Stephen F. Austin, Echols is working hard towards receiving that first big-time ride.

Is Quintin ready to name a leader? He's so ready, in fact, that he names TWO. "Washington and Georgia Tech are my leaders right now," Echols said. Here are his comments about each of the schools.

Georgia Tech - Well, they are in Atlanta, which is a great city. You get to play a lot on TV there. And they need defensive linemen."

Washington - "I've been watching their games and I really like how they play defense. I also think Seattle is a very nice town. And their colors are cool."

The colors? Is he used to wearing purple and gold? "Nah," Echols said with a laugh. "I wear red and blue. I just like purple and gold."

Quintin plans on visiting the Ramblin' Wreck in December, Arkansas in November and Texas A&M whenever possible. He has not scheduled a visit to Washington yet, but plans to.

Is Echols planning on waiting until his trips are finished to verbally commit? It sounds like it, but Quintin left just enough of the door open to another possibility. "It looks like that's what I'm going to do, but if I go somewhere and I know that's the place for me, then that's it."

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