As one of the last players offered a scholarship by the University of Arkansas, Razorback signee Alan Turner knows he has some doubters.
The safety prospect will get a chance to erase a few of those from the equation Friday night when he plays in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"I know I can play football at this level and I am coming up here to Arkansas to do that," Turner said. "I just have to get my technique down and hit the weight room. I want to play right away and show everybody."
Turner (6-0, 185) will join fellow Junction City teammate and Razorback signee Byran Jones (6-2, 300) in leading the East against the West in tonight's 7 p.m. game.
He knows there will be plenty of Junction City fans in the stands as there always is for any game involving Dragons.
"They really love their athletes and they are behind us 100 percent," Turner said. "They come to every game – it doesn't matter what sport it is. They are there to support you."
He and Jones have been in Fayetteville since May 31 going to school and working out with their future teammates.
"It has been real exciting," Turner said. "I was ready to get up here and get in the weight room and lift and get associated with the team."
Turner was being recruited by Louisiana Tech and Baylor and a number of the smaller Arkansas schools before the Razorbacks and Auburn began showing interest after the season.
He took visits to both places and made his decision soon after the Razorbacks put an offer on the table – although his and Jones announcement was held until a signing day ceremony.
"It was really exciting when I first got the offer from Arkansas," Turner said. "I knew they were interested, but still wasn't sure if they were going to offer.
"When I came up here for my official visit, it felt like family," Turner added. "It was like they had known me forever. It was a real easy decision."
Arkansas sees Turner, who had 67 tackles and 8 interceptions as a senior, as a safety prospect.
"I need to work on my technique and get the plays down," Turner said. "But I am very confident in my ability to play the position."
He's also very confident in the ability of Jones, who was considered the state's best defensive player last season.
"He's a great player and he still has got room to get better," Turner said. "He is going to be a great player for Arkansas. He is really humble and doesn't have the big head."
Like Jones, Turner actually lives in Louisiana, but goes to school seven miles away in Arkansas.
"He lives right down the street from me and we have known each other since we have been going to school," Turner said. "It is in a town called Lilly, but the little community we stay in is called New Home."
He says he was fond of both Arkansas and LSU growing up.
"To tell you truth, I liked them both," Turner said. "When the game came on, I just watched both of them and didn't really cheer for either one."
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