Leader emerges for three-star CB

Coaching changes have been the key to Cody Quinn's recruitment.

Quinn committed to Illinois in June after forming a great relationship with the coaching staff. When the Illini fired Ron Zook in November, Quinn opened up his recruitment.

Now, the three-star cornerback is favoring Kentucky and crossing off Marshall after the Wildcats hired defensive backs coach Mike Cassity away from the Herd.

“I’m leaning towards Kentucky,” Quinn wrote in a text message.

When asked if Cassity put the Wildcats out front, Quinn replied, “Yes.”

Quinn will visit the Wildcats on Jan. 13 but said he will not commit that weekend, even though they are atop his leaderboard. He is scheduled to visit Marshall this weekend but isn’t sure if he will make that trip.

Not far behind the Wildcats is Illinois –- Quinn’s other finalist. The Illini made an in-home visit with Quinn on Wednesday, and he won’t make any decision until he officially visits on Jan. 20.

Quinn is still getting to know the new Illini staff led by coach Tim Beckman, but the early returns are promising.

“It was good,” Quinn said of the in-home visit. “I’m getting to know more about how coach Beckman works and the program he likes to run.”

West Virginia received an official visit in December, but Quinn said he is down to just Illinois and Kentucky.