Nov 29, 2012 1:05 PM
Trinity High School wide receiver James Quick was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Kentucky Football Player of the Year on Thursday.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior caught 82 passes for 1,333 yards and 14 touchdowns through 13 games and broke the state record for career receptions with 277. That despite missing last week's 21-14 come-from-behind victory over Scott County due to a rib injury. He earned First Team All-State honors for the second season and was picked to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"He's got speed, elusiveness, leaping ability," Mike Glaser, head coach at rival St. Xavier High School said. "He's as good as there's ever been in this state."
The Gatorade Player of the Year selection committee factors in more than just an athletes gridiron performance. It also considers high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Quick maintains a B average in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of a basketball camp for children with disabilities.
His selection as the Kentucky player of the year puts Quick in the running for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, which will be announced next month.
Quick has not committed to a college yet, but has a slew of offers on the table from at least 18 D-I schools, according to ESPN.com. Along with Kentucky and Louisville, Quick has received offers from football powers including Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Michigan and Oregon.
Trinity will play Pleasure Ridge Park for the 6A state championship on Dec. 1.