'21 AZ DE - Quintin Somerville (Verbal Offer)

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    Weakside defensive end
    6'3''|210 lbs

    Quintin Somerville is a 6-3, 210-pound Strong-Side Defensive End from Scottsdale, AZ.

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    Quintin Somerville Reacts to Ohio State Offer
    Arizona 2021 defensive end Quintin Somerville's recruiting process isn't nearly as busy now as it will be in the near future. The No. 5 prospect in his class has just five offers at this point — his fifth coming from Ohio State on Tuesday — and he will have many more to come soon.

    The top recruit in Arizona weighed in at 210 pounds on his 247Sports profile, but he said that's out of date now. He currently stands at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds as a 16-year-old.

    "This is the best weight I’ve ever been at," Somerville said. "Coaches are really happy. We’re going hard in the weight room.”


    Somerville is part of one of the most prestigious modern high school football programs in the country at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the team entered the 2018 season with around 20 recruits holding Division I offers. Then it went on to capture its sixth consecutive state title. His teammate, 2020 No. 12 prospect Kelee Ringo, has mutual interest with Ohio State as well.

    Somerville can remember a day in spring ball his freshman year when there were nearly 20 colleges represented in Saguaro's gym watching his team work out. He had a short conversation with Ohio State's representation, then had another conversation with a graduate assistant later on, and eventually was offered by Ohio State's Mike Yurcich.

    The Saguaro defensive end said he's been able to determine the different values each program has by having so much exposure to schools' assistants and coaching staffs from a young age. That's what made Ohio State stand out.

    “The initial conversation on how they want to progress as football players really stands out," Somerville said. "On the phone with Coach Yurcich yesterday, he was talking about how there are like three different things that Ohio State does — strength and conditioning, growing us as men and teaching us how to become better men outside of football. I think that’s really important just talking to these different coaches. They want to grow me into a better person.”

    As far as moving away from Arizona, Somerville said he would miss his family but that he also has family in Tennessee that could visit him if he were to attend a school in the Midwest or the surrounding area. One of his offers is from Memphis, while the other three are from Michigan, Arizona and Arizona State.

    He hasn't developed any particular priority lists as far as offers go yet, but he said he hopes to have the entire process done a year from now, meaning around February or March 2020, shortly after his senior teammates have signed to their own colleges.

    He also hopes to visit Ohio State this summer.
     
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    Ohio State offers 5-star defensive end Quintin Somerville
    The Buckeyes are all in for Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo. But after Tuesday night’s offer to 2021 defensive lineman Quintin Somerville, expect to see Ohio State coaches in the hallways of the Phoenix-area powerhouse for another year.

    Somerville is an early 5-star prospect at defensive end, and the offer from Ohio State is a game-changer for him.

    “That’s a big one,” Somerville said. “There’s a strong tradition of winning at Ohio State, and that’s something we’re all attracted to. Growing up watching games like that every Saturday just makes you dream of the possibility of playing in a place like Columbus.

    “Their coaching staff has all of the right tools to not only make me a better player, but also mold me into a better person and set me up for the life after football.”

    Though the offer came from Mike Yurcich, the new Buckeyes quarterbacks coach made sure to give the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect the lowdown on the men who’d coach his position at Ohio State.

    “Coach Yurcich describes [Larry Johnson and Greg Mattison] as the best defensive line coaches in the country,” he said. “So when I get out to Ohio State, I’m interested in sitting down with them and seeing what their philosophies are all about in the film room.”

    An Oklahoma native — his father is a “diehard” Sooners fan — Somerville has talked with his teammate about the Buckeyes.

    “Kelee speaks incredibly high of Ohio State,” Somerville said. “I hope I can get out there this summer.”
     
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    Quintin Somerville Wants to Meet Larry Johnson
    Quintin Somerville is the top-rated Arizona 2021 prospect, and if you haven’t heard, Ohio State has been in Arizona recently. Lathan Ransom and Jack Miller are both committed to Ohio State, and Bijan Robinson has left a bad taste in the mouth of Buckeye fans for the last week as his commitment approached and he selected Texas on Friday.

    The Buckeyes are also in the top-schools list of No. 1 cornerback Kelee Ringo, who is the top prospect out of Saguaro High School, a powerhouse within the state. While Ringo likely won’t choose Ohio State – favoring Georgia at the moment – his teammate, Somerville, has increasing interest in Ohio State.

    The staff was at Saguaro in May but didn’t stay too long, Somerville said, though he was able to talk to them for a short time. He really wants to get to Columbus, though, and talk to defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

    “We are trying to plan something out either in fall or next winter or spring,” Somerville said.

    Planning a trip to Ohio can be difficult when a prospect lives in Arizona, but Somerville wants to be at Ohio State for a game. It could bleed into the 2020 calendar, though. He’s already received offers from Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State, among others, and he’s been rated as high as No. 18 overall in the composite ratings, but upon the release of other services’ 2021 ratings, he’s fallen to No. 108. 247Sports still has him rated No. 39 overall.

    The point is, he is a highly coveted recruit and among the top 5-10 defensive ends in the country.

    His mission this offseason was to add weight to his frame without reducing his speed and explosion. He did exactly that, with the ultimate test of his explosion yet to come during the season. He weighed around 215 pounds entering the offseason but has pushed that number up to 235.

    “I can notice the results on the field with my explosiveness,” Somerville said.

    He told Eleven Warriors in February that he had been working on getting into the weight room more during the winter and spring months, and he said that he adjusted his diet as well.

    “The hardest part was going out with my friends and having to modify my meals definitely,” Somerville said.

    The 2019 season is shaping up to be a breakout year for Somerville, who recorded 44 tackles (16 TFL), four sacks and four pass deflections as a sophomore.
     
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