Turpin Waiting His Turn

During the month of January available scholarships may be hard to come by, but Toby Turpin is a patient man. He only has one visit under his belt and is planning to take a visit each of the next four weeks. His last stop will be Tempe, but will the defensive lineman make a decision before then? Devils Digest talked to Los Alamitos (Calif.) standout to get the latest.

"Things are going pretty well with Arizona State," said the 6-4 250 Toby Turpin. "I'm going there on January 27th. They said that they have only a certain number of spots at my position so they scheduled me late in the month so they can see where they're at. It doesn't matter to me. They've been recruiting me for a while and I like the program. I like that they're close to home and they're in the Pac-10. That means my parents don't have to drive far to watch me play in person or if they can't be there they can watch me on TV because obviously we see a lot of Pac-10 games here."

In his senior campaign Turpin had nine sacks, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions. "I'm pretty strong and quick," he said as he described his skills. "But I know I can get stronger and faster. I probably need to get faster more than I need to get stronger."

His desire to play in the after mentioned conference is evident by his other trips. His only visit to date was Boise State back on Dec. 9th, and with then Broncos head coach Dan Hawkins making the move to Colorado, he will visit the Buffs on Jan. 13th. His other two visits are two of ASU's Pac-10 foes Washington (Jan. 6th) and Washington State (Jan. 20th).

The Sun Devils have yet to offer his a scholarship, but the defensive lineman does intend to keep that visit date. "I still want to visit them," he claimed, "and I don't plan to make my decision before I visit them. If they offered me a scholarship and I liked that visit the most, I will go ahead and commit to them."

With a 2.8 GPA and a 1400 SAT score Turpin is already academically qualified.

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