Quentin Jones | Lehigh University | DB
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose (Enter school name)?
A: Pro Career, Teams: Memphis Express (AAF), Nojima Rise (Japan X league)
I graduated from Lehigh in May of 2018 at 21 years old. I worked out at UPenn’s pro day in March 2018 and that was my first opportunity to showcase my skills. From my pro day I received interest from the Memphis Express in the AAF. In August 2018, I attended an AAF Tryout in Houston and that is what lead to me being selected by the Memphis Express in the Free Agent Player Draft. I was invited to mini camp and then was invited back to the main training camp. I was released one week before training camp started. However, I came in contact with the Nojima Rise in Japan in June of 2019. I continued my pro career by playing in Japan for the 2019 season.
College, Lehigh University:
I received my first D1 offer my Austin Peay in the summer before my senior year of high school. After my senior year I received 2 more D1 offers from VMI & Lehigh. Lehigh’s combination of football and academics is what sealed the deal for me. I felt like going there was going to put in a position to win no matter what in life.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Playing in Japan, it was the first opportunity I got to play football for money.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Lehigh?
A: Understanding the bigger picture, When I first got to Lehigh, I always knew what my job was on the field. I knew what I had to do at all times. Where I saw my game grow tremendously was when I was able to understand what everyone was doing and our scheme as a whole. This helped me in life as well.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: When I returned from Japan in December 2019, I was talking with a CFL team. I got invited to workout for that team and possible go to camp. The pandemic cancelled that opportunity and now this year things are just not the same. I already knew about adversity well before the pandemic. I’ve just staying my course and revised my game plan and now I have the opportunity to showcase my skills at this combine.
Lehigh’s combination of football and academics is what sealed the deal for me. I felt like going there was going to put in a position to win no matter what in life.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: Major: Sociology,
I have been running my own training business called Team GQinz, (pronounced “gainz”) since 2018. I train athletes & do personal training. Also, I work a software consultant job as well. I’ve been self employed since I’ve graduated and will continue to work both of these jobs during and after my playing career. I’m grateful that I am do both of these while still playing football. I have also already received some HS football coaching jobs and have been in contact with some colleges about coaching as well.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would tell you that I am a great teammate, hard worker, & My #1 goal is win. They would also say that I love football.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My first career pick six. It happened when I was playing professionally in Japan and that ended up winning us the game.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: Representation, I got into the AAF and Overseas without an Agent. It’s been hard finding the right agent especially when it comes to the NFL. I have found an agent now.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Tyrann Mathieu,
We are similar in size and you can always find me around the ball just like him. I am very versatile and have the ability to play multiple positions in the secondary effectively. Versatility, ball skills, & confidence are key to how I play.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: Coverage, Playing in coverage is my biggest strength. Man or zone. I truly enjoy and accept the challenge of covering WRs, TEs, RBs, and making plays on the football. I’ve always been able to cover from every position in the secondary. Outside at CB, in the Slot at Safety or nickel. I understand route concepts because I’ve played wr as well.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Yes, running my Training business Team GQinz has allowed me to work with the youth and help guide them in the right direction on and off the field. Also I coach a 7v7 team as well so I really spend a lot of time with the youth and even have helped my athletes go to college to play football. I’m active in the recruiting process for my guys as well.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I am training in Georgia with my trainer “Scoobzilla” and also doing things on my own.
My goals for this combine are simple,
- Run fast in the 40
- Showcase ALL my abilities to the fullest
- Get noticed
- Sign to a NFL,CFL, XFL team
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Playing in the NFL
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: Spending time with family and loved ones, going to beaches, and relaxing
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: Stop people from hating on each other. People spend too much time trying to bring each down instead of lifting each other up.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My parents
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: That I’ve lived outside of the United States twice
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Team GQinz