OU football: Prep coach says OU will have a 'beast' in defensive back Vontre McQuinnie

McQuinnie made a quick impact after transferring to DeSoto High School halfway through his senior season.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 6, 2014

McQuinnie's transfer came at a convenient time for DeSoto, which had just lost a starting safety for the season with a broken arm.

Once McQuinnie was eligible, he made an immediate impact on the DeSoto defense, adding a tough, physical presence who could play well in pass coverage and in run support.

In the Eagles' 48-41, playoff quarterfinal victory over Euless Trinity, McQuinnie returned a first-quarter fumble 84 yards for a touchdown that ended up being the difference in the game.

“He made a hell of a play,” said Paul Beattie, DeSoto's secondary coach. “He was a leader. He helped out the younger kids. He just fought hard the whole time he was with us.

“He's a strong, strong kid. When he puts his hands on you, it's hard to get away. I can only imagine how he's gonna be in about a year after getting in the OU weight room. He'll be a beast.”

McQuinnie said all OU coaches have told him that they want him to be that same physical, vocal leader in Norman.

“At Lancaster, I was leader of the defense,” McQuinnie said. “Here, I was vocal. They want me to bring some personality to the defense.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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