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November 9, 2012

Quick is latest Trinity connection to Army Bowl

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a celebration of a player's accomplishments throughout his prep career, but for Louisville wide receiver James Quick, the 2013 game will also reflect the accomplishments Trinity High School team.

Joining Quick in San Antonio for the upcoming Army Bowl will be his Trinity teammate, defensive end Jason Hatcher, as well as Trinity head coach Bob Beatty who will be the head coach of the East team when they take the field at the Alamodome on Jan. 5.

"Jason being one of my closest friends, me and him going down together is exciting for us," Quick said. "We have a nice little bond with our coach, so it will be a nice experience for all of us."

Trinity has certainly earned the respect they are being given. They were tabbed as the nation's top prep team in 2011, and are currently ranked No. 37 nationally by RivalsHigh with a 9-1 record in the 2012 season. They will look to move closer to a third straight state title Friday night when the square off with Madison Central in the second round of the Kentucky state playoffs.

"Me and Jason, our freshman year coming in we wanted to put Trinity on the map and make sure everyone knows about Trinity High School," Quick said. "Basically, that's what we ended up doing these past three years."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Quick has been a key contributor to Trinity's success the last few years, catching 69 passes for 1,206 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior and following it up with an equally impressive senior season. He sees the Army Bowl as an opportunity to take his skill set even further.

"Right now I feel I am playing close to where I should be playing at, but I still have room to improve," Quick said.

"Going into this game, playing against great talent, it is just going to help me going into college know what to expect. This will be a good experience playing against people with the same skills, same speed that I have. I watched it with my family last year and we were really impressed with how the guys who played in it last year are producing and actually getting to play a lot [in college this year]."

Exactly which college Quick will take his talents to next year is still unclear, though the Army Bowl may provide a platform for him to share that selection with the world. Quick is considering making his announcement during the game's telecast.

"If I am ready to make the decision then, then I will," Quick said. "If not, then I'll probably just wait it out."

The hometown Louisville Cardinals are currently the favorite to land Quick, followed closely by Ohio State. Kentucky, Oregon and Tennessee round out the four-star prospect's top five, but are looking up at Louisville and Quick explained why.

"They are still undefeated," he said of the Cardinals. "They have a great, young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, their receivers are sound and I like what the receivers coach is doing with them. I just look forward to playing for somebody who is going to help me produce and do what's best for me."

Other schools will get a chance to knock Louisville from their lofty perch on Quick's list. He as an official visit scheduled to Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 24, though that will be postponed if his team is still alive in the playoffs. Quick is also sure he will take an official visit to Oregon following his senior season.

While Quick has accomplished much in his high school career, there is still much he could potentially do and many will be watching him closely over the next couple months, capped off by his appearance in the nation's premier high school All-American game.

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