Vontre McQuinnie doesn't put much stock into recruiting rankings.
So after the Oklahoma linebacker commit was recently downgraded from a three-star to a two-star recruit by Rivals, he certainly wasn't losing any the sleep over the questions surrounding his ability.
“I really don't pay too much attention,” said McQuinnie, who chose OU over Iowa and SMU. “At the end of the day, that's not what determines a player. It's how hard you work and what you put into it. OU already knows what I can do. Once we sign, everyone is back to square one.”
The drop in ranking can possibly be attributed to McQuinnie (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) missing time on the field after transferring schools in the middle of his senior football season.
He made the move from Lancaster (Texas) to DeSoto (Texas) in late October, and although there was familiarity with the towns separated only by I-35, moving in the middle of football season made the experience difficult.
“It was kind of tough with the position I was put in leaving somewhere I'd been all my life and going somewhere totally different,” McQuinnie said. “It was a whole new style and level of football going from 4A to 5A. But a lot of the students at (DeSoto) I already knew so it didn't bother me too much.”
The good news for McQuinnie is after he signs on to play at OU on National Signing Day, he'll be heading to a place he's always imagined himself being.
“It's always been my favorite school since I was little,” McQuinnie said. “I used to play running back and Adrian Peterson was who I looked up to. Once I got into middle school and high school a lot of the people around where I grew up were going to OU, so that made me think it's the place for me.”