Summer for class of 2026 quarterback prospect Conner Quintero could not have gone any better.
The 6-foot, 170 pound signal caller landed his first college offer from the University of Oregon.
Quintero recalled having a phone conversation with the Ducks offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Kenny Dillingham.
“We had a great conversation for about ten to fifteen minutes, and when he said that he wanted to offer me, I was in shock,” Quintero said. “Oregon has always been one of my dream schools since I was a little kid, so for them to be my first offer it was a dream come true.”
“I can’t wait to get out to Eugene and see the university, and continue to build relationships with the coaching staff there.” Conner second offer would come from the Kansas Jayhawks.
While Quintero is still very much in the process of where he will call home in college, he found his destination for the next four years over the summer as well.
“Whenever I was making this tough decision to move, I felt that Stillwater High School was going to give me the best opportunity to further my career in football,” Quintero said. “Being able to play behind and be mentored by a guy like Gage Gundy, was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass.”
Quintero is looking forward to working with his coaching staff to not only improve his game, but win as many games as possible.
“My head coach Tucker Barnard, my offensive coordinator Chad Cawood, and Randy Patz are three of the best offensive coaches in the state of Oklahoma.” Quintero said. “Being able to be coached by them as well as the rest of the Stillwater coaching staff, has made me a better player by giving me confidence in being able to use my abilities on the field.”
“So far it’s been a big learning curve, but a great experience. I continue to learn new things every day.”
Summer also provided an opportunity for Quintero to showcase his talents, particularly at the FBU TopGun event from Naples, Florida. Afterwards, Quintero was invited to compete in the FBU Freshman All-American Game this upcoming December.
“It was definitely a nerve wracking experience knowing that they made the decision who made it to the game the night before they announced it,” Quintero said. “I felt that I was one of the best performers in the class 2026 and 2025, and it was an honor being selected for such a prestigious game.”
Quintero enjoyed these positive experiences and performances after having a standout spring with Sooner7’s 7v7 program.
“Anytime you are able to be able to play for a guy like Derek Rasmussen, who has such a wide knowledge of the game, you know that it’ll help with your development as a player who is able to see the field and analyze each decision,” Quintero said. “Being able to play for Sooner7 has given me the opportunity to play with some of the best receivers in the state, some that I get to play on Friday nights as well.”
“Having such a big network of players across Oklahoma, that I can call friends and teammates even if they go to different schools, is such a great opportunity.”
In a state known for its quarterback play at the collegiate level, one high school athlete in Stillwater will one day be known on Friday nights.
His name is Conner Quintero.