Quinn Shanbour's future plans changed in a hurry.
Shanbour, the former Heritage Hall quarterback, had returned to Connecticut after Christmas break for his final semester at Choate Rosemary Hall, a preparatory academy in Wallingford.
But the option to walk on at Oklahoma State quickly presented itself, and Shanbour was set to board an airplane Thursday and begin classes in Stillwater Friday.
That will allow Shanbour to participate in spring practice with the Cowboys.
“It's crazy, because it happened so fast,” Shanbour said Thursday. “It's always been my dream school. I'm more than ecstatic. I just have to work hard and try to prove myself.”
Quarterback had been a position of question in the Cowboys' 2013 recruiting class since the decommitment of Luke Del Rio last month. Shanbour said OSU coaches told him he's probably the only quarterback to be brought in, meaning OSU is unlikely to use a scholarship at the position.
Shanbour gives the Cowboys at least five quarterbacks for spring practice, with Clint Chelf, Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman. Jase Chilcoat and Cody Peterson were also with the team in the fall and could remain.
Shanbour had a scholarship offer from Colorado, but that situation changed when coach Jon Embree was let go. Northwestern (La.) State offered him, and programs like East Carolina, Indiana and multiple Ivy League schools were showing interest.
Shanbour threw for more than 1,500 yards and ran for nearly 900 in his prep school season. As a senior at Heritage Hall in 2011, he threw for 2,612 yards and 37 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
“All I want is a shot,” he said. “That's all I asked for. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. I want to be a coach, so why not learn playing for the best coaches in the country.”