"I didn't know it would happen like that," said Quinn when asked if he expected such rousing success as a ninth-grader on the gridiron. "I was going to start on the junior varsity, but then our top wide receiver went down with an injury and I had to fill in."
The rest is history.
During the regular season, Quinn totaled 42 receptions for just under 1,000 yards with eight touchdowns for Barbe, a perennial Class 5A playoff team.
In a district game versus local rival Sulphur, Quinn torched the Golden Tors' secondary for 162 yards on only five catches. Shortly thereafter, he hauled in five passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' first-round playoff win over Slidell.
"As a sophomore, I'm hoping to do the same thing or a little more than last year," said Quinn. "Our quarterback graduated, but Barbe is always going to have talent. We have a quarterback competition for the starting job among two young guys. They're pushing each other and both are getting better."
This spring, Quinn batted a scorching .457 in district for the the Buccaneers, who have a well-deserved reputation as a national powerhouse on the diamond.
"I also pitch, but I didn't pitch in varsity yet," said Quinn. "I love football and baseball and strive to succeed in both sports. It's way too early to determine if I'll play both in college.
"I camped with LSU for football this summer, and I really like (Tigers WRs) Coach (Billy) Gonazales. Everybody in Louisiana grows up an LSU fan. In town, we have Division 1-AA McNeese State.
"I don't have any colleges showing enough interest yet for me to have a top three favorite schools. I'd like to play inside receiver in a spread offense. I'd compare my game to (former BYU and current NFL WR) Austin Collie."
Quinn, as you'd expect, is a household name in Southwest Louisiana. He takes it all in stride, though.
"No, I'm not a celebrity around here. People just happen to love their sports in Lake Charles," he said. "One of the great things about the Little League World Series was playing in front of 20,000 people. After you do that, it's not as big of a deal to play in front of 20,000 football fans at West Monroe (which edged Barbe in the second-round last year).
"It was humbling to be a part of the Little League World Series and compete against athletes from around the world."
Quinn's success certainly hasn't gone to his head.
"I try to treat people like they would want to be treated," he said.
Sounds like Quinn is mature past his years in more than just sports.