Recruits may not be able to visit schools, but that hasn't stopped coaches from staying in contact with their top targets. That includes Virginia Tech in their pursuit of three-star DB T.J. Quinn, one of their top targets at safety for the 2021 class.
Quinn has taken notice mentioning that the Hokies are the team currently recruiting him the hardest. He also added that the Hokies are among 5 schools currently standing out in his recruitment, a group that also includes West Virginia, Kentucky, Wake Forest, and Tennessee with the Volunteers having not offered him yet.
Quinn had this to say about why the Hokies are currently among the group standing out in his recruitment.
"VT culture is different, and the staff there loves me," Quinn said.
T.J. Quinn also added that Virginia Tech has been one of only a few schools to reach out to him "during this time to see how me and my family are doing in this time."
While Quinn has gotten to meet plenty of different coaches, he told us that Virginia Tech's defensive coordinator/safeties coach Justin Hamilton is the coach whom he has the best relationship with. He had this to say about his relationship with VT's defensive coordinator.
"When me and him talk, it’s more than just football; we talk about my future and what’s going on in the world," Quinn said.
The fact that Quinn not only has that type of bond with a potential collegiate defensive coordinator, but also his position coach should he choose VT is a great sign for the Hokies and their standing in his recruitment. That is even more important at a time where relationships between players and coaches are likely to be more valuable than ever before in recruiting.
Tech is pursuing T.J. Quinn as a free safety and rightfully so after he was productive this past season in numerous ways as shown by his 60 tackles and 10 pass breakups. Quinn feels that he would fit well at Virginia Tech in part because he feels what he does lines up exactly with what Virginia Tech does as a program.
"I feel like I would fit good in their defense because everything I do fits into their program," Quinn said.
T.J. Quinn is also confident in the skill set that he brings to the table as he continues to work to take his game to the next level.
"My strengths are coming down hill and making tackles. I really don’t have any weakness, but I need to continue to work at my coverage skills," Quinn said.
Looking ahead, Quinn told us that his June official visit to Virginia Tech is the only official visit currently on his schedule though it is definitely possible that he takes more official visits. Additionally, Quinn told us that he is looking to make a decision "before the end of the summer."
Virginia Tech has made T.J. Quinn a top priority and have been rewarded as a top contender in Quinn's recruitment with the hopes of landing his commitment before the end of summer.