• John Macon Gillespie

Quinn Wants To Show Out At Fortius

With the Fortius Project adding its second date this week, the opportunity for some Mississippi’s next high school football stars to emerge continues to grow. In addition to a stop at Petal High School on March 5th, Fortius will now also be at Itawamba Community College on April 30th.

A handful of the state’s premier players in the class of 2017 have signed up, but even more athletes in the classes beyond will be in attendance. Which means there are current sophomores and freshman who will emerge as the next playmakers for their respective teams. Some rising seniors who have sat behind experience players in their careers will also be looking to make a name for themselves with their senior season looming.

Calhoun City do-it-all athlete Tyrese Quinn is a rising senior who should see increased opportunity for the Wildcats in 2016. And why not? He can play running back, receiver, as well as defensive back.

Quinn plans to work mostly at receiver when he attends the Fortius Project stop at ICC later this Spring. It provides him a chance to have an opportunity he’s been waiting on.

“I want to compete with players and challenge myself,” Quinn told SES Mississippi about why he decided to attend Fortius.

“It gives me a chance to show my skills. The chance to finally show my skills excites me.”

Last season Quinn rushed for 166 yards on 12 carries and scored twice. He also caught six passes for 158 yards and another three touchdowns. On defense he had 28 tackles and an interception.

Besides coming to Fortius to prove himself, he will also be there to get better, as well. In addition to improving overall, he has two specific areas in mind that he would like to see come together a bit more.

“Route running and timing the ball,” Quinn told SES Mississippi.

Besides a trip to Fortius Quinn has an offseason full hard work planned ahead to ensure he puts together a big time senior season. Meanwhile he’s keeping an eye on his teammates to make sure they are doing the same.

“I’m powerlifting this offseason to improve my strength,” He said. “I’m also making sure my teammates are doing something to improve and be better.”

Additionally, he is working with a former star receiver at Eupora that will be a familiar name for Ole Miss fans.

“I’m working out with my big brother at Ole Miss, Derrick Jones, to improve my skills,” He explained. “He has helped me on footwork and catching, but mostly he helps me stay in the weight room and keep my grades up.”

“I think our closest similarity is we can both go up and catch the ball at a high level.”

After finishing 10-4 last year and winning two playoff games, Calhoun City loses perhaps it’s best player in Brieton Sykes to graduation. Quinn and his teammates will be looking to build on that success in 2016.

**Photo by Precious Pratt.

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