Solidly A Razorback

There are schools in the SEC and Big 12 who continue to recruit Arkansas linebacking pledge A.J. Turner (6-3, 210), but he just keeps telling them that he is going to be a Razorback and "that's all there is to that."

The coaches keep coming after Arkansas linebacking commit A.J. Turner of East Poinsett County and he keeps fending them off like blockers as he heads for the ball carrier.

"I tell them ‘as you know I am already going to Arkansas' and they tell me ‘that doesn't matter to us, we are going to keep recruiting you.' So I just say, ‘okay, but nothing is going to change my mind. I am going to be Hog and that's all there is to that.'"

Turner (6-3, 210), one of the Razorbacks' 10 commits already in the 2012 class and the top player in the state in the Hawgs Illustrated Top 33, took part in the Razorbacks' Elite Camp last Saturday.

It gave him his first chance to work with future position coach Reggie Johnson and another chance to be around lead recruiter Tim Horton.

"I love the coaches here and this is where I think I fit in the best," Turner said. "This was a great experience for me. I love being around Coach Johnson and Coach Horton and they really know how to coach and get me going."

Turner, a two-sport standout, had a phenomenal junior season in which he led the state in tackles with 177 stops.

He also caught 30 passes for 670 yards and had 457 yards rushing while finding the end zone 21 times either through the air or on the ground.

The young man went straight from that to basketball, where he joined Arkansas hoops signee Rashad Madden in leading EPC to the Class 2A state championship.

It was straight to AAU basketball after that as he plays for the Arkansas Wings alongside Sylvan Hills star 2012 prospect Archie Goodwin, a top 20 player nationally.

"I haven't really taken a break since the 10th grade," Turner said. "I have been going from AAU to football to basketball and back to AAU. It's been a non-stop process, but there are times when I really would like to take a break. But this is my last summer to myself so I have got to really live it up. I have got to travel and go places."

Turner did not play with the Wings at last weeks Peach Jam because he wanted to attend the Arkansas camp.

But he will be with Wings in Orlando in late July as they try to defend their 17-and-under AAU national championship.

"When I get back to Orlando, it's right into football practice," Turner said. "But I love it and I stay in great condition. I just want to go out and have a great senior year and then come and help out the Razorbacks."





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