Every recruiting class has players that are more closely-watched and highly-regarded than others. When 2009’s newcomers arrived at Boston College, some figured right away that Dillon Quinn would redshirt, but all suspected that he would be a major part of the team in the years to follow.
This defensive tackle from Elmsford, NY was one of the Eagles drawing particular interest from fans and others. As a matter of fact, he was the highest-rated recruit BC hauled in back in 2009. Rivals gave him four stars and named him the second-best recruit in New York for that year. Scout gave him three solid stars themselves, while scouting reports from others raved about his talent. Quinn was relentless in his ability to get to the quarterback and boasted a great deal of physical strength, on the field and in the weight room.
Upon leaving the Trinity Pawling School, very close to Soaring to Glory Country, Quinn did not appear during 2009 season in anticipation of his 2010 debut. Then he got suspended. Quinn did not participate in 2010 spring football scrimmages and was unable to take part in what would have been the first three games of his BC football career because of the dreaded “violation of team rules.” Back in the day, there was speculation about the nature of the violation, but nothing was ever confirmed as far as I know so it does no good to stir the pot again. He appeared in the remaining ten that season and made 11 tackles.
In 2011, Quinn moved into the starting role at right defensive tackle and nearly doubled his tackle total to 21, while adding in a sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Now, he is apparently a senior (he redshirted in 2009, but that extra year of eligibility seems to have disappeared), and he retains his spot as the starting right tackle.
With the expectations placed upon him in the beginning, one might say that his BC career hasn’t lived up to its billing. He’s not putting up flashy numbers and he’s had troubles with the rules, but he has one last season to make his mark on Boston College football.