Paint Branch offensive lineman Jonathan Quigley, who orally committed to Hampton before his senior season started, will not sign with the school on Wednesday, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman confirmed earlier this week.
Quigley is still considering Hampton, he said, but is waiting for possible offers to materialize from Wake Forest and Connecticut, and projects a decision to be made sometime in late March or early April.
“I can’t say that I’m 100 percent right now,” Quigley said Monday night. “I just got in contact with U-Conn., recently.”
Paint Branch athlete Thomas Lucas, who starred at both wide receiver and defensive back for the school this season, orally committed to Connecticut in July and is expected to sign with the Huskies Wednesday – but Quigley said that Lucas’ commitment has had little influence on his consideration of the school.
Quigley arrived at Paint Branch weighing over 320 pounds and out of football condition, he said, and there was little indication that he would be in the position he is now, weighing interest from upper-tier schools. After trimming down and earning playing time as a sophomore, Quigley started his junior and senior seasons and became a cornerstone on the Panthers’ offensive and defensive lines – and one of the more durable players on the roster.
“I was about 320 [pounds]. I was out of shape,” Quigley said. “I just started working hard.”
Quigley will likely be an offensive guard or tackle in college. He said he still views Hampton as the kind of place where he feels at “home,” and somewhere he could possibly play right away as a freshman. But he also asserted Monday that he is viewing the recruiting process as a “business,” and that ultimately, he will wait to make the right decision after signing day has passed.
“He’s just a kid,” Paint Branch Coach Mike Nesmith said, “who’s worked extremely hard over the last four years to make himself into a prospect.”
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