Cats Land 'lockdown' Cali Corner!

When it comes to coaching defensive backs it just does not get any better than Mike and Mark Stoops. Between them they have coached multiple Thorpe Award winners and have put even more athletes into the NFL and other pro ranks in their young coaching careers. Resumes like that usually help on the recruiting front and they have been a great recruiting tool so far for the brothers Stoops in their short tenure at Arizona.

Manteca, California cornerback Michael Turner knows all about the Stoops resume and he knows enough about the situation at Arizona to go ahead and end his recruitment.

"I just got off the phone with coach (Tim) Kish," the 5-foot-11 inch corner told CatTracks. ""I committed to coach Kish. He was very excited, he couldn't stop talking he was so excited. I told my mom before that I thought I knew that I wanted to go to Arizona and she was real happy for me and was excited at the opportunity for me at Arizona."

Turner mentioned that while it is going to be great playing for Mike and Mark Stoops, in the end it was the relationship that he had built with Kish that was the determining factor.

"Coach Kish is just a great guy and I consider him a friend," said Turner. "I always looked forward to get home from practice because I knew there would be a letter from him in the mail and there usually was. He always wrote me hand written letters and I have called him quite a few times and I enjoy talking to him. He is a great guy."

Michael went on to say that he knows that Arizona plays a real aggressive style of defense and that he feels he fits in real well with the defense the Cats run.

"Honestly, I like playing some zone coverage because I like to hit guys," Turner said with an obvious smile. "But even though I like to play zone, I think I am a pretty good lockdown corner. I mean, I don't want to sound bad or anything but I will go in and play whatever they want me to play. I can play in both. I am a very aggressive corner and I just love to play the game."

During his junior season at Manteca Turner put up some very solid numbers, including seven interceptions.

"I had seven picks and I took three of those to the house," he said. "I also had three punt returns for touchdowns. As far as tackles, I don't know the exact number but I know that I finished second on the team behind one of our linebackers."

On the academic side of things Turner currently sports a 2.6 overall GPA but says that he is taking summer school to bring it up more and he is still awaiting his SAT scores.

"My GPA should be a 2.8 or maybe even a 3.0 after I get the grades in my summer school classes," said Turner. "I took the new SAT and I haven't gotten my score yet. I don't want to B.S. you or anything, I don't think I did very well but I am planning on taking it again and I am also taking the ACT test the next time it is available."

Turner would like to major in either Law or Fire Science in college saying, "I want to be a fire fighter or a police officer down the line."

Turner is the second commitment for Arizona in the 2006 class joining offensive guard Colin Baxter, also from California. Michael is the first defensive commitment and is the second from the state of California. He chose the Cats over offers from Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Fresno State and Nevada.

"I am excited to be a Wildcat."Michael Turner

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