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.”