December 3, 2007
Tide in top three for Quinn
Four-star defensive end Robert Quinn has been through a lot during his senior season from earning offers from some of the top schools in the nation to undergoing life-saving brain surgery. Now that life has settled down, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound pass rusher is ready to narrow down his recruiting search and the Crimson Tide remain a major factor for Quinn, particularly after head coach Nick Saban's recent in-home visit.
"Coach Saban came out last week for an in-home and it went very well. I've liked him since we first met because he is so honest and straight forward. He went over the education I would receive at Alabama and the benefits of me coming there," Quinn said. "Coach Saban told me how they wanted to use me as a hybrid defensive end and linebacker. I liked that because I was a linebacker my first two years of high school before moving to end. So I'm used to both positions and the way they describe it I get to make plays all over the field.
"He met my parents and although my mom doesn't say much she seemed impressed. Dad has always liked Coach Saban and respected his reputation for developing players. He cares about his players and program. I'd say the visit went good and I plan to take one of my officials there."
Heading into the final months of recruiting season, Quinn still has several schools in the mix for his services but three in particular stand out among the pack.
"I'm going to set up my visits soon. I'm looking at Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, South Carolina, FSU, Maryland and Rutgers. That is my top seven and I don't plan to narrow my list until after I meet with all the coaches. Besides Coach Saban only Coach Spurrier has came by. So I'm waiting to host the rest and see how I feel about each," Quinn said. "I'm taking my time setting up my visits and when I do set them up I will take them to only the schools I'm most serious about. Its still too early to separate them because I want to meet with all of them and then sort it out. I owe each school that much.
"But I will say currently Alabama, Auburn and North Carolina have given me a special feeling. That would be my top three but I haven't eliminated anyone. Just those three have stood out the most so far but I might have a better feel after I take officials to all of them."
Quinn is rated the No. 3 prospect from the state of South Carolina.
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