North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester defensive end Robert Quinn is expected to be one of the top defensive prospects in the Southeast for the Class of 2008. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder has picked up multiple early scholarship offers and has been taking Saturday trips to college stadiums in the region to get a feel for some of his early suitors.
"I have offers from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Middle Tennessee State and Auburn," Quinn said. "That's about it so far."
Quinn attended Tennessee's home game against Florida on Sept. 16 and South Carolina's home game against Georgia on Sept. 9. He plans to visit Auburn on Oct. 14 when the Tigers play host to Florida and says he possibly could be in Clemson for the Tigers' home game with the rival Gamecocks on Nov. 25.
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"I've been to Tennessee and South Carolina," Quinn said. "That's really about all that I've seen so far."
Quinn enjoyed his time in Knoxville.
"It was wild there I thought," he said. "I think it was a good atmosphere to play in. I liked it.
He got the chance to talk with members of the UT coaching staff.
"I talked to coach Phillip Fulmer, coach John Chavis and coach David Cutcliffe," Quinn said. "I talked to a whole bunch of coaches. I like all of the coaches."
His noted the atmosphere in Columbia as well.
"The fans were real into it," Quinn said. "I just want to be anywhere where the fans like it."
Two Gamecocks coaches have been taking the lead in his recruitment.
"I talk to Steve Spurrier Jr. a little bit and mostly talk to Brad Lawing, the defensive line coach," Quinn said.
It's early in the process for Quinn, who does not have a leader.
"I haven't been to all the schools to see what the games are like," Quinn said.
He did talk about what he is looking for in a program.
"I'm looking for a good football program and a school that can help me out to get my education and keep me on the right track," he said.
Quinn played outside linebacker for Fort Dorchester before moving to defensive end his senior year. Most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end.
"Auburn is talking to me as a linebacker," Quinn said. "I think so far, that's the only one. Everybody is trying to get me as a defensive end. I would like to play linebacker. I just want to do anything to help my team win a championship."