McCown may have some options this summer

One of the top JUCO quarterbacks in Northern California, Modesto's Quinton McCown (6-4, 215), may not be returning if things pan out over the next few weeks. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented signal-caller recently and he updated us on where things stand as well as what he's been working on this offseason to get better...

"I've been working a lot on getting bigger and stronger," McCown told JCFootball.com over the Memorial Day weekend. "I've also been throwing a lot, working on my footwork, making sure that's sound and the ball is really popping out of my hand well. I've noticed a lot more zip on my passes lately too."

As a freshman this past season for Modesto, McCown threw for 2,245 yards while throwing for 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also used his quick feet and athleticism to be a threat in the running game as well, racking up over 500 yards on the ground to go along with nine more scores.

"I'd say that I'm a quarterback who can hurt you with my legs when I get the chance," McCown said. "I'm not a 'run first' guy, but if you don't pay attention to me and my guys are all covered, I can get out and run and hurt you that way. I'd rather hurt you with my arm though."

On the recruiting front, things have been up and down for McCown who was a full-qualifier out of Hilmar (Ca.) High School.

"I got offered by Southern Utah after the season, but I turned them down because I wanted to wait and see what else was out there," McCown noted. "Then, Wyoming came in and wanted me to walk on the first semester and then they said they could get me a scholarship the second semester, but I didn't want to do that, so I passed that up too.

"Right now, Texas Tech and New Mexico are the ones recruiting me and I'm supposed to talk to the New Mexico coaches (today) and we'll see. I might have an offer from them and if I do then I might be leaving, I'm not really sure."

As a full-qualifier, McCown can leave at any time and he said that if he decides to pass on an offer from one of the schools still interested and return he would be okay with that, but that he obviously would like to find a home at a four-year school if at all possible.

"Modesto is a great program and I like the coaches here a lot," McCown added. "I'd be fine with coming back, winning some games here and then seeing what is in front of me, but if the right opportunity comes up for me at another school, a four-year school, then that is something that I really need to look at."

We will have more in the very near future on McCown and what his plans are for the 2012 football season.

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