Following one of Tech’s summer camps, they received the commitment of Savannah-native Zach Quinney. He was the seventh commit (at the time) and the second offensive lineman.
Quinney was rated as a 3-star prospect by all of the major services and decided to come to Tech over other reported offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Mississippi State, UNC and NC State. He also reportedly received interest from Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee.
I really liked a lot of what I saw in Quinney’s film. First of all, at 6-6, 265 pounds, he’s already the ideal size to play offensive tackle in this offense. In this film, we also get an excellent look at his run blocking abilities. He was consistently one of the first guys to make contact and start driving defenders back, even going back to the second level and beyond.
The one area of improvement, I would say, is pass blocking. The only reason I say that is that I didn’t see one pass blocking highlight in that film. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s horrible at pass blocking. I just didn’t get a good enough look to judge one way or the other. Standing at 6-6, though, his height will definitely help in pass protection.
What to Expect
The Yellow Jackets brought in plenty of offensive linemen this class, so I do imagine a couple of them will serve as back-ups, and there is certainly a chance that Quinney is one of them. He’s already got the prototypical size, so if he is able to come in and compete right away, he could certainly be the back-up at one of the two tackle spots.
Looking down the road, I expect Quinney to ultimately become a starter on the offensive line and hold down one of the two tackle spots for a few years.