Lincoln’s Quintanilla headed to Augustana

Lincoln running back Caden Quintanilla has reversed his decision to walk on at South Dakota State and has verbally committed to play Division II football at Augustana.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior had accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity from the FCS Jackrabbits earlier this month but said he had second thoughts about the commitment.

“I was so caught up with playing at the highest level possible that I rushed my decision,” said Quintanilla, named Argus Leader Elite 45 captain after leading Lincoln to an undefeated season and state title in 2013.

“I plan to be a pre-med major, and I loved the professors (at Augustana). I didn’t think about that when I made my decision. I had to try to convince myself that SDSU was a good choice, but I kept coming back to Augie.”

Quintanilla reached out to Vikings coach Jerry Olszewski earlier this week and notified SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier of his decision Thursday. He said he will receive “pretty close to a full ride” with the Vikings and will redshirt as a freshman in 2014.

“I’m OK with redshirting,” said Quintanilla, who rushed for 3,733 yards and 57 touchdowns in his career, including 1,893 yards and 31 TDs as a senior. “I know that I have to get a bigger (body) frame and get ready for my college career.”