Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty offensive lineman Kyle Quinn (6-5, 260) committed to Arizona earlier this month, and his verbal to the Wildcats was warmly received by the Arizona coaching staff while also meaningful to his former head coach Dave Reinders, one of the founders of Lineman Inc., where Quinn works out.
“It was awesome when he made his decision,” said Reinders.
Reinders has had as much exposure to Quinn as anyone, and he spoke glowingly of his prized pupil.
“Kyle is a very well rounded player. He has great feet, and balance. His strength is pass blocking. I don't think he gave up a sack last year. His run blocking is strong also. When he gets his hands on a defender, it's over for that guy.”
Reinders also spoke of ways that Quinn is continuing to work on.
“As far as weaknesses, realize there aren't many. The only weakness I can come up with is his strength in the weight room. But that is an area that he is obviously working on. We're talking about a kid that has only played football for three years! He played basketball and volleyball before that, and muscle mass is a bad thing.”
Quinn also stood out to Reinders in the way he’s taking command of his team.
“The area he has improved on the most is leadership. He has been thrust into a place of leadership on his team and he is working hard to take a hold of the reins of a very talented, strong willed team.”
Most notable, though, is Reinders opinion of Quinn as a moldable product.
“I would say the most important strength about Kyle is that he is so coachable. He takes what coaches tell him, then works at it until he does it right. He is a very aggressive player, and he even has a little mean streak in him... You would never know it from talking to him. He is such a nice young man off the field.”
During the recruiting process, Reinders was impressed with the discernment Quinn used in narrowing down his schools, which ultimately led to him picking Arizona.
“He has been very smart about the recruiting process. He did research on almost every school that talked to him. He made a few unofficial visits to schools, as well as sharing his findings with his parents, myself and Gary Tabke (LinemenInc co-founder & his freshman coach), and his current head coach, Nate Smith. He and I have had many of pros and cons meetings. We are all so proud of Kyle and the decision he has made.”
Quinn’s commitment to Arizona was the 10th of 11 current verbals, and he was the 7th player of at least three stars to commit to the Wildcats.