Badgers Gives Quinerly First BCS Offer

The son of a high school coach, Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor cornerback Nhyre Quinerly received his first BCS offer from Wisconsin Wednesday.

Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor cornerback Nhyre Quinerly is close to entering his junior season of high school football and admits he wasn't a huge well known prospect, holding offers from only Massachusetts and James Madison. That has all changed when Wisconsin called and offered the 5-11, 182-pound prospect.

"I first out about the offer after my dad told me that Wisconsin called and wanted to offer me yesterday," Quinerly told Badger Nation. "I was flabbergasted because I admire their program and everything they stand for in college football.

"My parents and I immediately pulled out the iPad and ‘Googled' the stadium. My parents were in awe of the amount of people supporting the program. I appreciate the opportunity to become a Badger in the future especially because everything they stand for."

Even before the Badgers came through with a scholarship offer, Quinerly had already been thinking about playing in the Big Ten and, should he follow through on that thought, could see one of his teammates down the road.

"One of my teammates and childhood friends in Jayln Holmes just committed to Ohio State," said Quinerly. "We were talking how we could be playing against each other as rivals in the Big Ten. I'm 100 percent sure my parents will bring me there on a visit. I still have two years left to play high school football, but right now I am excited about the Wisconsin offer."

Finishing his sophomore season with 56 tackles, 24 pass breakups and four interceptions, Quinerly has thrived in a defensive system that utilizes the bump-and-run coverage; a technique Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and his staff are incorporating into Wisconsin.

"I usually defend the top receiver on each team we play," said Quinerly. "My dad taught me to be physical. I play with a lot of swagger and welcome anyone to the challenge, but I always play team ball. My dad is a high school coach, so I look at the game like a coach because I have been around football all my life."

Getting mail from Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech Quinerly has a busy couple months ahead.

"On Sunday, I will be at Virginia and the week after that I will be at North Carolina, then to Tennessee," said Quinerly. "We start practice on August 6 and our first game is on September 6 on ESPN."

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