Quintin Somerville: A decision delay and how a top 70 recruit tackles COVID-19 quarantine

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4-star DE prospect Quintin Somerville is a name to know in the 2021 class.

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry offers the latest update on 4-star pass rusher Quintin Somerville from Saguaro High School out in Arizona. 

Quintin Somerville had a plan. The move was to honor a very special lady in his life and wrap up his college recruiting journey well in advance of his senior season.

That’s not happening anymore. COVID-19 has turned the tables on that. It sacked that plan. That’s usually what Somerville does.

He will no longer be making his college commitment on June 20. That was the day he teed up to celebrate his mother’s birthday.

“That’s definitely a casualty,” he said. “I don’t think that I can even take one visit before that date. We are kind of pushing that back, but I know that day will be special for my mom no matter what.”

Somerville had it lined up that he needed about three months of research over the spring to be prepared to make his college decision. When all our lives return back to normal and the colleges open back up for recruiting visits, he estimates that he needs about two or three months to still get that research in.

“I’m not sure about anything anymore,” Somerville said. “Everything is up in smoke right now. We’re trying to get it done before the season. If it has to be pushed back like to August or September, then committing then would be best. But I’m not sure when that will happen.”

Michigan is scheduled to receive his first visit when things open back up again.

“I don’t think it is a given yet,” Somerville said. “But it is kind of how football is right now. Just the landscape of football. There’s not too much space for a defensive end that fits my playstyle out west. Everyone just kind of figures that it would be best for me to move east with the defenses they set up out there.”

Somerville is not going to rush to a decision, but he said that he could confidently commit to a school today if he had to.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “But it would have to be one of the places I have already visited. But if I had to do that, I could.”

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The quick-hit things to know about Quintin Somerville

What is the best thing he likes about Georgia right now?

“Definitely the way that their defense is,” he said. “Coach [Dan] Lanning likes to get after it with his outside linebackers and he’s going to play a lot of them. I think he said he played four or five guys like in the rotation last year. There’s definitely an opportunity there and they get it done. I think they had like the top defense in the country as well last year. That’s definitely a place where I would obviously want to go.”

Check out his film. While he has the skill set to set the edge as an undersized SEC defensive end, the Bulldogs do view him as a weak-side OLB in their odd fronts.

He’s the common “Jack” in the Georgia scheme. That’s lined up outside the tackle an extra yard than a typical weak-side end and he will be up.

“They think I am that weak-side guy,” Somerville said.

He’s played every position in the box on defense for his Saguaro High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) SaberCats except for middle linebacker. So he can do it. But there’s a spot that aligns best where he would wreak the most havoc.

DawgNation has published two articles on Somerville previously. Those are good ways to catch up on all things Somerville, but we will also provide a brief index here:

  • Somerville carries a 3.8 GPA in the classroom
  • The rising senior had 29 tackles for losses and nine sacks last season. His Saguaro High team had won six consecutive state championships in Arizona prior to the 2019 season.
  • Ranks as the nation’s No. 4 strong-side DE prospect for 2021 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. That places him as the nation’s No. 70 overall recruit. The pure 247Sports national ranking lists him at No. 49 overall for this cycle. 
  • His older brother, Jordan, was a graduate assistant at Arizona State last year. He’s now the recruiting coordinator and receivers coach at New Mexico. That’s an impressive career climb for a 24-year-old coach. He still calls his younger brother “Fathead.” Everyone else refers to his as “Q” and that’s been that way for his whole life. 
  • Plan on his older brother being there for any pivotal official visit. It is a unique twist to his story with an older brother as a position coach in college football.  He will serve as his Jedi Master Yoda on this recruitment. “My brother actually said that I’m not going anywhere unless he gets to see it.”
  • Arizona does not have spring football. They do not practice in pads, but do go on air for four days a week for a month. They then have a spring game which is a 7-on-7 event and that also includes a “Big Man Challenge” for the linemen. That is just shirts and shorts. The brutal Arizona weather and the 100 degree plus temperatures might have something to do with that. 
  • Somerville is also the Saguaro High teammate of 5-star Georgia signee Kelee Ringo. Ringo just signed with Georgia in December among the 2020 recruiting class
  • When he was just six years old, this 4-star had an uncommon reaction to watching Georgia games on TV. He remembers big catches from A.J. Green and dreaming about what it would be like to play in that stadium. 
  • When he got that Georgia offer, it prompted one of the most unique social media reactions we have seen in years. At least since Kirby Smart became the head coach at UGA. That’s why Somerville and his family quickly took an unofficial visit 16 days after that offer to check out UGA. 
  • Check out that offer tweet. It is unique in its own right. It gains even greater context when it pertains to a young man growing up out in Arizona. 

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