Written by EJ Holland
Lancaster OLB/S Vontre McQuinnie says commitment to Oklahoma is still 'solid'
Lancaster outside linebacker Vontre McQuinnie committed to Oklahoma in early February and his status remains the same.
Of course, the three-star Scout.com prospect has received plenty of interest from other programs. But McQuinnie is a firm verbal pledge.
"My commitment is solid, and I'm comfortably committed. Oklahoma has always been one of my top three favorite schools. It's about two hours away so it's close to me," McQuinnie said. "It's a family environment, and I think it will be a great home for the next four or five years."
Part of the reason he feels so strongly about the Sooners is his relationship with head coach Bob Stoops and co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
"I talk to Coach Mike (Stoops) and Coach Bob Stoops every other week. I think I would really enjoy playing for them," he said. "They're all about winning and being successful."
But that doesn't mean McQuinnie has shut down his recruitment. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder, who expects to transition to safety at the next level, says his parents would like him to see other schools this summer.
McQuinnie currently has no visits scheduled but says he may make a short trip to SMU. The Mustangs extended an offer last week but have yet to develop a relationship with the talented defensive playmaker.
"My interest level in SMU is the same as all the schools that aren't Oklahoma. I don't know much," he said. " I've never talked to anybody from SMU so I don't know how interested they are (the offer was made through his position coach).
"But SMU's (resurgence) is big you know because we don't have any schools in the Dallas area playing big ball so SMU is trying to step up into a bigger conference and play bigger ball so they're trying to take it to the next level."
For now, McQuinnie is sticking with the Sooners and focusing on his senior season after helping lead Lancaster to the 4A Division II state title game in 2012.
"Next year is going to be my senior season so I need to take charge. I pay attention to the details of how stuff should work and I'm pretty much the quarterback of my defense," he said. "I feel like I can be an All-American, and there is no doubt we'll get back to state."
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