December 10, 2007

Quinn back from T-Town

North Charleston (SC) defensive end Robert Quinn is among the remaining top defensive ends in the South and with Alabama looking to bulk up its defensive line in 2008, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound pass rusher is one of the top remaining targets for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Quinn took his official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend and came away with a strong impression of the University of Alabama.

"Me, my mom, dad and little sister drove to Alabama on Friday. It was about a seven hour trip which wasn't bad. My family likes to travel. When we got there we checked in and then went out to dinner with the coaches, recruits and their parents. The food was good and that was nice," Quinn said. "That night I went out with Luther Davis and Lorenzo Washington. Lorenzo had a little gathering so I got to meet up with some of the players and other recruits. We basically just hung out and got to know each other. They were all laid back and cool. They were good people."

On Saturday, Quinn and his family got a chance to learn more about the academic side of UA and get a better feel for the campus.

"This summer when me and my dad came down we toured the campus and went over all the academics. We did that again on Saturday, mainly because it was my mom's first trip and she wanted see everything. I had seen it but it reinforced that Alabama has good academics. I plan to major in business or maybe forensic science," Quinn said. "That night was really cool. They took us to the locker room and there was a jersey waiting for us. I wasn't expecting that but we all put them on and then took pictures. All the recruits liked that. Afterward we went out of the tunnel and onto the field. I was amazed at how big the stadium was.

"When I went out there it was exciting and there wasn't even anyone there. I can't imagine what it is like when the stadium is full. I know how much the fans love the football program and it would be awesome to play there. They told me they are going to add even more seats soon."

Quinn talked with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele about how the Tide sees
the four-star defender fitting into their defense.

"I met with Coach Steele before I left and he broke me down with my strengths and weaknesses. He was very honest and I appreciated that. He told me what I need to work on and what I would get by coming to Alabama as far as coaching is concerned," Quinn said. "He told me that I was going to be a Jack linebacker for them and that sounded good because they will use me in space and let me get on the line and rush the quarterback. Those are my strengths."

Quinn also got the chance for some one-on-one time with head coach Nick Saban.

"I like Coach Saban a lot and so does my dad. He thinks that Coach Saban is the kind of man he wants me to learn from and he's very impressed and has been since he first met him," Quinn said. "It made a big impact when I was in the hospital and Coach Saban was the first coach to contact me and say that no matter what happened he was going to honor my scholarship to Alabama. I can't tell you how much that meant because we didn't know what was going to happen at the time.

"He didn't recruit me hard but went over academics and made sure I had a good time. He answered all our questions and asked me where Alabama stood. I told him I liked them a lot."

After the visit, Quinn said he still wants to take his time and go on all his visits before he's ready to name favorites.

"Alabama made a big impression this week and for my first official it went well. I had a good time and learned everything I needed to," Quinn said. "But I'm not going to name favorites until I give all the schools a fair chance. I have visits set up for Auburn and North Carolina. I know I will take those two. Also, I'm supposed to talk to Rutgers about setting up and South Carolina. But I haven't done that yet.

"I'll make my decision after all my visits."

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