Turrell Turner goes public

The Cats have done quite well offensively with the letter "T". Willie Tuitama and Mike Thomas formed a formidable duo, while Travis Bell was a nice late season find. The Cats added a verbal commitment from Terrell Reece in December and now another "T" has made his verbal commitment public. Terrell Turner committed to the Wildcats back in December and is now just making his decision known.

The December 9th weekend was a huge one for Wildcat recruiting. Following that weekend seven players made public commitments to Mike Stoops and the staff. Now that number can be boosted to eight as Turner has finally decided to make his pledge known.

"I committed to Mike Stoops in his office before I left (Tucson)," Turner said. "During the meeting he asked if I felt comfortable and he asked if I was going to be back and I said ‘yeah, I'll be back this summer.' That is kind of how I committed to him."

Turner did not want his commitment to become public until after the holiday so that he could avoid a deluge of phone calls from the media. Now that the quiet period for coaches is over, Turner wants the world to know he's a Wildcat.

Turner originally gave his visit a ‘10', liking everything from the coaches to the women. Although he had a laundry list of things he really liked in Tucson, one aspect of the program really stood out.

"The strength and conditioning coach is what did it for me," Turner said. "Everything else was great but watching him and listening to him, he individualizes the workout for each position."

Turner feels that the weight room is a key to seeing the field early on. The 6-1, 180-pound receiver from Lakeview Centennial High School in Texas believes that adding more muscle to his frame will really benefit him and his chances to contribute from day one.

"If I come in and hit the weights and books, I think I can see the field in my freshman year," Turner explained.

His lead recruiter was Mark Stoops and the two formed a sort of bond.

"Me and Coach Mark get along really well," he said. "That dude is something else man, I really like him a lot. I get along great with Coach Mike Stoops too. I met with him and it went really good. He told me that I would be a big part of the program and I think I can come in and help a lot from the start."

Needless to say, the Wildcats' defensive coordinator was thrilled at the pledge.

"Man, coach Mark was bouncing around and giddy," Turner said chuckling.

Turner wants to major in computer science and minor in entrepreneurship and should get a jump start on his studies when he arrives in Tucson over the summer to take some summer courses and immerse himself in the weight program and system.

Turner had offers from a number of schools, but liked the promise of the future for the Wildcat program.

"Watch out the Cats are going to be prowling man," Turner said.

Terrell Turner profile.

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