Lowndes junior TJ Quinn is one of those 2021 recruits that you just might want to know for the upcoming recruiting cycle. It doesn’t take an eye for talent to see the 2021 student-athlete is going to be college program’s radar, in fact, he already holds two offers.
“I have 2 offers: one from Virginia Tech and the other Coastal Carolina. I have heard from a lot of schools including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Tulane, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Coastal Carolina, and Georgia Southern,” Quinn said.
That’s a lot of recruiting attention early on, but with the 2019 regular season about to cap off, college coaches will be surveying the state for the next star of the 2021 recruiting cycle. Quinn has some of that star-power for sure, and just last weekend he made a devastating hit that was so powerful that his Camden County opponent might have been seeing stars too.
A quick pass out to the flat was snuffed out quickly by Quinn, who got a great break on the play, and the receiver really could not make any move. A rash decision by the QB led to one of the biggest hits of last weekend, and ultimately, Quinn’s thunderous boom finished 3rd in our weekly top play vote.
Even as a sophomore Quinn showed a lot of upside where split duties on JV and varsity, but this season, he earned a starting spot due to the immense progress he has made over the last year. “Where I have improved from last year are my covering skills and coming downhill to make tackles,” he said.
At 6’2″ and 200 lbs., Quinn projects to have prototypical size for the outside linebacker position at the next level, and his track background gives him the speed to negate spread offenses. The junior plays a hybrid safety role for Lowndes, and does a nice job of flowing to the football quickly taking long pursuit angles that are right on track with the ball carrier.
Quinn closes on the ball and finishes off his tackle with authority. It’s easy to see why Lowndes has been such a dominant defensive team this year, and with Quinn playing a hybrid role, that gives his team the flexibility to line him up anywhere that matches with the offensive gameplan.
“The season is going good; we are currently the #1 team in the state and are 2-0 in region play,” Quinn quipped.
The junior models his game after two of the more dynamic defensive backs of the last 10 years in Earl Thomas and Tyrann Mathieu. Just like his role models, there is heavy P5 interest during their respective recruitment’s.
“I have already visited Virginia Tech and I have also visited Georgia. I am attending the Virginia Tech vs Wake Forest game next week as well.”
Expect that recruiting attention to continue to pile up for Quinn over the coming months – his film is legit and definitely worth watching. With the 2019 regular season closing to an end, there is only a guaranteed 12 more games for the remainder of his high school career (albeit the Vikings are expected to play man more games), so we asked what he likes the most from his Friday night experience.
“My favorite part about playing on Friday’s is the atmosphere.. Our fans here are great and we just want to put on a show for them.”
Lowndes has been at the top of our rankings since Week 6 on our site, and have been with out question the most dominant force during the 2019 season in the state. According to Maxpreps, they are the #4 team in the entire country, but with the biggest game of the season looming this Friday against Colquitt County, nothing can be taken for granted.