VT Offer A Big One For Quillen

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Hampton (VA) quarterback JoVonn Quillen Jr. plans to take his time in the recruiting process, but the first scholarship offer he received may be the most important.

“The offer means so much to me,” the 6’1”, 190-pound junior said of the scholarship offer he landed from Virginia Tech earlier this month. “[The Virginia Tech] fan base is so great. My childhood dream was to play in front of the Hokienation. My cousin is there now and I would love to play by his side again.”

The cousin Quillen referenced is Virginia Tech freshman tailback Marshawn Williams. Williams attended Phoebus High School (Hampton) his senior year after attending Hampton High School as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Since Tech offered, Quillen has received an offer from Old Dominion and is garnering interest from several others. Virginia Tech, though, has the early edge.

“I have a few schools looking at me, but right now it’s go Hokies,” Quillen wrote in a direct message over Twitter.

Quillen averaged around 227 yards of total offense per game and scored over 20 touchdowns as a sophomore in the 2013 season, which was his first as a starting quarterback on the varsity level. He totaled over 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing while scoring over 30 touchdowns for the 7-4 Crabbers this past season as a junior.

Virginia Tech likes the athletic Quillen as a quarterback. He also plays cornerback at Hampton. JoVonn’s father, JoVonn Sr., played quarterback at Kecoughtan before moving on to stints in junior college, JMU and Christopher Newport. Grandfather John Quillen was a high school football head coach.