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January 5, 2013
The state of Kentucky's top football player made his college pick in San Antonio, Texas, on national television Saturday. Trinity (Ky.) High's James Quick made his pick at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver picked Louisville over his other top choice, Ohio State.
Quick, who also considered Oregon, Missouri, Kentucky and Cincinnati, chose Louisville because of his relationship with Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
Louisville was Quick's leader for most of his recruitment, but he had Ohio State on top of his list during the last week. Saturday, though, the home town school won out.
Landing Quick is huge news for the Cardinals. The No. 14 overall receiver in the class of 2013, Quick is a four-star recruit. He's a member of the prestigious Rivals250 team and a U.S. Army All-American.
Quick also had offers from dozens of other schools including Alabama, Michigan, Auburn, Illinois, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
With great body control and All-American track and field speed, Quick is a difference maker on the field. After winning the 200m Kentucky High School State Championship and finishing second in the 100m, Quick could have gone to college on a track scholarship to nearly any school in the country.
But his future is in football. Quick's phenomenal agility and crisp route running makes him nearly impossible to cover at the high school level.
He caught 85 passes for 1,416 yards and 16 TDs while helping Trinity to its 22nd KHSAA State Championship. Quick caught three passes for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Shamrocks' 61-7 win over PRP in the state title game.
Quick won Kentucky's Mr. Football award and also won the Paul Hornung Award and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year.