5-10, 163 lbs
Middletown HS, Middletown, Ohio
Going into the offseason of last year, Cody Quinn didn’t seem like a legitimate option for Kentucky, given that he had previously given his commitment to Ron Zook at Illinois. After the Zooker was fired, Quinn reopened his recuitment and eventually gave his pledge to Joker Phillips. He stated that new Kentucky defensive backs coach Mike Cassity was one of the main reasons for coming to UK. Quinn was ranked as the #67 cornerback prospect in the country by ESPN and the #62 overall prospect in the state of Ohio. He was given a 3-star rating by most recruiting services, and could be a name to watch for going into training camp given the position he plays and the skill set he brings to the table.
Quinn thrived as a coverage cornerback, as he had 23 solo tackles, eight assists, and three tackles for loss his senior year. He also had a sack and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and had 10 pass breakups. Quinn also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a junior, so he may be a factor in the return game his freshman year, given the lack of a true return man currently.
Quinn brings SEC speed to UK’s thin cornerback position, as he ran the 40-yard dash under 4.5 seconds, though he claims he has been timed in 4.3 seconds. He helped lead Middletown to three-consecutive 10-win seasons and berths in the state playoffs and was named third-team All-Ohio by The Associated Press as a senior.