The decision comes down to the fourth quarter for James Quick, the superb wide receiver from Louisville Trinity High School.
Play his college football at the University of Louisville or Ohio State University? Three hats. A Cardinal logo on one, a Buckeye on another.
Even his dad, Rhonyia Quick, a former UofL player, has no idea which hat James will pick up. Only James Quick knew and he isn’t telling anybody before he gets the national TV audience for the Army All-American Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
A decision with major implications for his hometown university, fresh off a BCS win in the Sugar Bowl, an invitation to the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a firm commitment from Charlie Strong to Louisville. Quick led Trinity to a state championship during his senior year, catching 85 passes for 1,416 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Quick also earned Kentucky Mr. Football and Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year honors and was named the Paul Hornung Award winner. The all-time leading receiver in state history will almost certainly see playing time during his freshman year.
Quick picks up the cap with the Cardinal logo, “I’m going to the University of Louisville.”
Not that surprising for a lifelong fan, but we all know how unpredictable 17-year-olds can be in the recruiting wars. He does indeed want to get on board the train, providing more fuel for the locomotive that is gathering speed. The Quicker the better, continuing an unbelievable six weeks of fantastic news for the University of Louisville.
Now we know what UofL’s Clint Hurtt meant when he tweeted late Friday evening that the Cardinals were getting ready to kick down the recruiting door.