For Trey Quinn it isn’t a gamble but rather a business decision.
And the former Barbe High School star thinks business is going to be very good.
So after just one big season at SMU, Quinn had decided to bet on himself. After setting the school record for catches in a single season at 114, Quinn announced he would forgo his final year of college eligibility and turn professional.
“Throughout my 4 years in college I’ve had some incredible moments and also dealt with many challenges,” he wrote, “which has led to my growth as a player and a man.“I couldn’t have done it without those I have leaned on throughout.”
Quinn made his announcement on social media. It is hard to question his decision.
Since graduating from Barbe after an all-american prep career, Quinn’s road to the NFL draft has resembled more of a roller coaster track.
He headed to LSU as a state legend after setting national records while in high school. The 6-foot, 202 pounder believed the Tigers were going to open up their offense so heading to the powerhouse was the best option for the four-star recruit.
During his time at LSU there were a few highs and a few lows.
As a freshman Quinn started the season opener, caught 17 passes and was even once carried off the field during a victory celebration by LSU fans who charged the field. All seemed to be going slow but steady.
There were hopes of playing for a national championship, winning SEC titles and then the pros. However, his playing time as a sophomore in 2015 was limited and Quinn finished with just five catches as the Tiger offense stalled. He once again went looking for a new college football home.
He landed at SMU for a throwing program and after sitting out a year returned last fall to post big numbers in the throw-first offense of the Mustangs. Quinn would pick up 1,236 yards and score 13 touchdowns with his 114 grabs.
But there are changes coming to SMU as the school will have a new coach and Quinn likely didn’t want to start over again. So it would seem his decision was an easy one.
There will be workouts ahead and tests of all kinds from NFL officials as Quinn will have to show his skills to just about any scout who is interested. Yet that pressure doesn’t seen like it’s too much for what he has already gone through.
Now, for Quinn, it’s just all part of the business.