After the way things worked out, Quinn Shanbour was confident that spending a year in prep school was the right move.
“I'd known some guys and trained with some guys that had done it and it worked out really well for them,” said Shanbour, a former Heritage Hall quarterback. “I didn't get what I really expected last year after having one season.”
So instead of walking on at Oklahoma State or Indiana, Shanbour wound up at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.
The gamble appears to have paid off.
Shanbour threw for more than 1,500 yards and ran for about 900 and earned All-New England honors. Just as importantly, he's improved his recruiting stock.
“I couldn't have done much better for myself,” Shanbour said.
He had a Colorado offer before coach Jon Embree was fired. He isn't sure where that stands, but Shanbour also holds an offer from Northwestern (La.) State.
Shanbour's also attracted attention from Florida Atlantic, East Carolina, Indiana and a handful of Ivy League schools.
Coming out of high school, Shanbour nearly wound up in the Ivy League at Columbia.
But when Norries Wilson was fired as Columbia's head coach after last season, Shanbour was left with prep school as his top option.
In addition to his on-the-field performance, Shanbour has also helped himself off it.
Columbia recruited Shanbour as a “second-band” player, a status that gave him a narrower window in the Ivy League's tough academic standards.