McQuinnie Garnering SEC Interest

McQuinnie Garnering SEC Interest

Film doesn't lie. Such is the case with 2014 linebacker/safety Vontre McQuinnie who has played a key role in leading his Lancaster Tigers to a 9-1 momentum-building record entering this week's Texas-4A state playoffs. McQuinnie's production has led to early interest from a couple major college football programs.

"I knew that they were fast and they knew how to put up points," said McQuinnie following Lancaster's 48-17 road win over Mansfield Summit Friday. "They haven't been shut out, and the games they did lose, it was by a few points or went into overtime, so we knew they could compete. We also knew they were a passing team, so we knew we had to come out swinging right away, come out in the first half and tighten up the pass. We did that tonight and we're walking away with the win."

A win over Jacksonville in Thursday's first-round matchup would mean even more. And not just to see another day- it would, in fact, lift Lancaster football to a new height in program history, putting the Tigers at a program-best 10-1.

"Words can't explain what that would mean to me," McQuinnie smiled. "I've lived in Lancaster since the fourth grade, so I've grown up watching all the guys that came before me, looking up to them. Now that I'm in these shoes, I'm just trying to be somebody for the young Tigers to look up to."

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is just that in orange, posting nearly 60 tackles, an interception and a touchdown thus far this fall.

On their momentum heading into playoffs: "Got to come in with a full head of steam, like a freight train, and keep rolling. Nobody can stop us but the conductor. We're the conductors. So we're just going to roll over whoever's in our way."

LSU likes this attitude.

"I attended their camp in the summer. They seemed to like me, so we kept in touch. I've been getting a lot of mail from them."

Oklahoma and Texas A&M are two others showing early interest.

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