The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a celebration of a player's
accomplishments throughout his prep career, but for Louisville wide receiver
James Quick, the 2013 game will also reflect the accomplishments
Trinity High School team.
Joining Quick in San Antonio for the upcoming Army Bowl will be his Trinity
teammate, defensive end Jason Hatcher, as well as Trinity head coach Bob Beatty who will be the head coach of the East team when
they take the field at the Alamodome on Jan. 5.
"Jason being one of my closest friends, me and him going down together is
exciting for us," Quick said. "We have a nice little bond with our coach, so it
will be a nice experience for all of us."
Trinity has certainly earned the respect they are being given. They were tabbed
as the nation's top prep team in 2011, and are currently ranked No. 37
nationally by RivalsHigh with a 9-1 record in the 2012 season. They will
look to move closer to a third straight state title Friday night when the square
off with Madison Central in the second round of the Kentucky state playoffs.
"Me and Jason, our freshman year coming in we wanted to put Trinity on the map
and make sure everyone knows about Trinity High School," Quick said. "Basically,
that's what we ended up doing these past three years."
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Quick has been a key contributor to Trinity's success
the last few years, catching 69 passes for 1,206 yards and 16 touchdowns as a
junior and following it up with an equally impressive senior season. He sees the
Army Bowl as an opportunity to take his skill set even further.
"Right now I feel I am playing close to where I should be playing at, but I
still have room to improve," Quick said.
"Going into this game, playing against great talent, it is just going to help me
going into college know what to expect. This will be a good experience playing
against people with the same skills, same speed that I have. I watched it with
my family last year and we were really impressed with how the guys who played in
it last year are producing and actually getting to play a lot [in college this
Exactly which college Quick will take his talents to next year is still unclear,
though the Army Bowl may provide a platform for him to share that selection with
the world. Quick is considering making his announcement during the game's
"If I am ready to make the decision then, then I will," Quick said. "If not,
then I'll probably just wait it out."
The hometown Louisville Cardinals are currently the favorite to land
five, but are looking up at Louisville and Quick explained why.
"They are still undefeated," he said of the Cardinals. "They have a great, young
quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, their receivers are sound and I like
what the receivers coach is doing with them. I just look forward to playing for
somebody who is going to help me produce and do what's best for me."
Other schools will get a chance to knock Louisville from their lofty perch on
Quick's list. He as an official visit scheduled to Ohio State the weekend of
Nov. 24, though that will be postponed if his team is still alive in the
playoffs. Quick is also sure he will take an official visit to Oregon following
his senior season.
While Quick has accomplished much in his high school career, there is still much
he could potentially do and many will be watching him closely over the next
couple months, capped off by his appearance in the nation's premier high school
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