High schools: Prep school was best option for former Heritage Hall QB Quinn Shanbour

Shanbour was able to showcase his talents, get additional attention from college football programs.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 30, 2012
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photo - Heritage Hall's Quinn Shanbour scrambles during the high school football game between Kingfisher and Heritage Hall in Kingfisher, Okla.,  Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
Heritage Hall's Quinn Shanbour scrambles during the high school football game between Kingfisher and Heritage Hall in Kingfisher, Okla., Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

After the way things worked out, Quinn Shanbour was confident that spending a year in prep school was the right move.

“I'd known some guys and trained with some guys that had done it and it worked out really well for them,” said Shanbour, a former Heritage Hall quarterback. “I didn't get what I really expected last year after having one season.”

So instead of walking on at Oklahoma State or Indiana, Shanbour wound up at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.

The gamble appears to have paid off.

Shanbour threw for more than 1,500 yards and ran for about 900 and earned All-New England honors. Just as importantly, he's improved his recruiting stock.

“I couldn't have done much better for myself,” Shanbour said.

He had a Colorado offer before coach Jon Embree was fired. He isn't sure where that stands, but Shanbour also holds an offer from Northwestern (La.) State.

Shanbour's also attracted attention from Florida Atlantic, East Carolina, Indiana and a handful of Ivy League schools.

Coming out of high school, Shanbour nearly wound up in the Ivy League at Columbia.

But when Norries Wilson was fired as Columbia's head coach after last season, Shanbour was left with prep school as his top option.

In addition to his on-the-field performance, Shanbour has also helped himself off it.

Columbia recruited Shanbour as a “second-band” player, a status that gave him a narrower window in the Ivy League's tough academic standards.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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