February 3, 2013

Quinn ready to roll on OL

Central Michigan will be bringing in a very talented offensive line class in 2013, as a total of five players will begin their career in the offensive trenches. One of those players is Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley OL JP Quinn who committed to CMU back in June over offers from Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois.

"I just really liked the coaching staff," added Quinn on why he chose CMU. "Coach (Mike) Cummings was a guy I really liked, he was very straightforward and easy to talk to, I think he will be a great coach to play for. And then liked the campus a lot, it's a little smaller and I like that."

The plan for the "Fab Five" of freshman lineman at CMU will be to redshirt, and they can afford to do that with the experience coming back. Jake Olson was granted a sixth year of eligibility and will likely man the left tackle position, while Andy Phillips and Nick Beamish return at center and guard.

"The coaches told me I would be redshirted and just go from there," said Quinn. "It will give me a year to get down the offensive system and add some strength. Right now they are looking at me at either guard or center, I don't really prefer one over the other, I just want to play and do anything I can do to help the team."

One player who is not returning to CMU is LT Eric Fisher, as he will be taking his talents to the NFL. Already considered a first round pick after the season, Fisher saw his stock soar after a dominating performance at the Senior Bowl, and he is now considered one of the top available players in the draft. It would not be out of the question to see him selected in the first ten picks, and that exposure has resonated with CMU commitments such as Quinn.

"It's really cool to see, shows the good offensive lineman CMU has built and the coaching you can get. Really, really cool to see as an offensive lineman coming in, I feel like I'm going to learn the proper techniques and skills under Coach Cummings, and he has proven that he can prepare players for the next level" said Quinn.

Quinn had a chance to visit CMU in December with the rest of the committed prospects in the 2013 class, and he has already started to form a close relationship with a fellow Chippewa.

"I think the class as a whole is really good, we really have some talented players coming in," added Quinn. "I have started talking to Chris Kantzavelos a lot. We played against each other this year and have been trying to setup times to workout and everything. They were a tough team and beat us, but it was cool to play against another guy headed to Central Michigan, and I'm sure we will see plenty more battles in practice over the next four years."

Currently 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Quinn played right tackle for Neuqua Valley and he has earned a reputation as a smart, physical football player. He was named 1st Team All-Conference and was also named to EdgyTim's 2012 All-State Team.

"I would say I'm a physical player," added Quinn. "I actually prefer run blocking, I like pancaking guys and just running over guys. And then I would say I'm disciplined, I'm not a guy who is going to false start much or retaliate and get a dumb penalty if an opponent provokes me."

All in all, CMU is bringing in a very talented offensive lineman class in 2013. Quinn joins Derek Edwards, Alex Coty, Austin Doan and Jack Ford to form a great nucleus for the Chippewas going forward, and they will have some big shoes to fill with the NFL success CMU lineman have had.

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