Two days after giving Virginia Tech a verbal commitment, Hampton (VA) junior JoVonn Quillen Jr. was in Blacksburg on an unofficial visit.
“It was exciting,” Quillen recalled of the trip he took to Tech on February 28. “All of the coaches were talking to me. I even talked to Coach Beamer. I sat in his office. I spent a lot of time with my recruiter, Coach Cornell Brown. It was a great experience.”
Receiving and accepting a football scholarship to his dream school “feels good. It’s still kind of unbelievable,” Quillen said. “My focus right now is on my grades and making sure I get qualified.”
Quillen says he is “right there” in terms of qualifying academically. On the field, he is a standout dual threat quarterback and defensive back at Hampton High, which has produced top signal callers such as Ronald Curry and Tyrod Taylor. Quillen’s father, who attended Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, played against the former. The younger Quillen has gotten to know the latter over the course of the last several years.
“Tyrod visits the school all the time whenever he is back in town,” Quillen said. “He always says to keep working hard and to keep your grades up.”
Taylor is one of the reasons why Quillen’s interest in the Hokies has continued to grow.
“I just like the history behind [Virginia Tech’s football program]. Mike Vick and Tyrod Taylor went there. My cousin, Marshawn Williams, who was my former teammate, is there. Deon Newsome goes there. He was my quarterback my freshman year. They all really got me into [Virginia Tech],” Quillen said. “I like the stadium. I just want to come out of the tunnel.”
Quillen has been a highly productive quarterback at Hampton, following up a breakout sophomore season with over 1,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in his junior season. The 6’2″, 190-pound prospect has spoken with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler about being a signal caller for the Hokies.
“Coach Loeffler said anybody can come in and take the job,” said Quillen, who as of now is the only potential quarterback prospect in Tech’s class of 2016 following Logan Byrd‘s decision to reopen his recruitment.
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