Two-sport college athletes can be rare but are not totally unheard of.
The most famous two-sport student-athlete in recent memory would most likely be Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. In 2018 Murray hit .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs as the Sooners centerfielder before scoring 54 total touchdowns en route to winning the Heisman Trophy as OU’s quarterback in the fall.
Before Murray, former Florida State’s Jameis Winston was a two-sport athlete on the diamond and the gridiron. In 2014 Winston threw for 3,907 yards and 25 touchdowns as a quarterback and had a 1.08 ERA out of the Seminoles’ bullpen.
Even last season, West Virginia quarterback Trey Lowe III was also an outfielder on the Mountaineer baseball team.
Hewitt-Trussville High School two-sport standout Riley Quick wants to try and do the same thing. Quick, who picked up an offer from WVU football on Friday, is not like Murray or Winston or Lowe, however. For one, Quick does not play quarterback, nor does he play a skill position.
Quick (6-foot-5, 242 lbs.) plays offensive tackle and pitches for Hewitt-Trussville and he is pretty dang good at both. Both 247Sports and rivals rate Quick as a four-star 2022 tackle recruit. 247 has him as the seventh-best prospect in Alabama for the 2022 class and rivals has him as the 10th best.
On the mound, Quick is nearly just as coveted a prospect. Perfect Game rated Quick as the second-best player in the 2022 class from Alabama and the no. 141 player in the nation. Prep Baseball Report ranks Quick as Alabama’s seventh-best prospect, saying “Quick possesses an electric fastball that can reach the lower-90’s on occasions. The arm works quick and complements the fastball with a solid breaking ball that has 10/5 break to it”.
Quick told West Virginia Sports Now that going through his recruitment while considering both sports has not been an unpleasant experience. Quick said he had been talking with the WVU staff since Sept. 1, but he had not talked to them about also playing baseball. West Virginia offered him on Sept. 18. Quick said he is familiar with the recruiting process after watching his older brother, Pierce Quick, be recruited to Alabama in 2019.
The younger Quick now has Division I offers from West Virginia, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, Tennessee, Toledo, UAB.