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

Vontre McQuinnie sat in the DeSoto High School gymnasium Wednesday morning and signed with Oklahoma.

Strangely, though, McQuinnie — who committed to OU more than a year ago — has technically been an Oklahoma Sooner several months longer than he's been a DeSoto Eagle.

McQuinnie played football in nearby Lancaster his entire life before his family moved to DeSoto midway through his senior season. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound safety decided after the move to switch schools, too.

“I was kind of against it at first, but it was a decision he made,” said J.W. Smith, Jr., McQuinnie's stepfather. “I think it was a better fit. He felt like he wasn't being pushed to his potential.”

Lancaster signed off on the transfer, but McQuinnie still had to sit out two games because of University Interscholastic League rules. The UIL governs public school activities in Texas.

“I didn't ask any questions,” said DeSoto coach Claude Mathis. “We were about to go into the playoffs, so I was trying to end the season off well. I had too much on my mind to worry about that.

“All I knew was that it was legal. That's the only thing I had to understand.”

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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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