Former Franklin County standout O’Quinn invited to NFL camp

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BUDE — Franklin County product Jasper O’Quinn got the call he had been patiently waiting for — a shot to make an NFL team.

The Minnesota Vikings invited O’Quinn to it’s rookie mini-camp this weekend. He will report Thursday for the 3-day camp in hopes of earning a contract.

“I’m just ready to get up there and prove to them that I can make the team,” said O’Quinn, who hopes to make the squad at cornerback. “I’m really excited about the opportunity.”

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A two-year starter at Mississippi State, and a standout defensive back at Co-Lin during the 2007 season that saw the Wolves reach the State Finals.

O’Quinn prepped at Franklin County High School, he becomes the second Franklin County alum to get a call from the NFL. In 1992, Roxie native Greg Briggs was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 5th round.

The 5-10, 180-pound O’Quinn received a call from Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Lesile Frazier inviting him to the mini-camp.

The Vikings finished last season 10-6 and NFC North Division Champions, before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 26-14 in the first round of the playoffs.

In last month’s Pro Day at Mississippi State, O’Quinn ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash that opened scouts eyes.

The New York Giants also contacted O’Quinn Tuesday about possibly trying out at their rookie mini-camp next week (May 8-10) in the Meadowlands.

“The Giants called me too, but right now I’m going to see if I can make it with the Vikings this weekend,” O’Quinn said. “I know they (Vikings) drafted one cornerback in the draft. I’m just going to go up there and give it my best shot.”

On Sunday, North Pike alum Glover Quin was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 4th round. Quin, starred at New Mexico the last three seasons at cornerback/free safety.

He and O’Quinn played against each other as high school rivals from 2002-2004.