"He quickness is unbelievable," says St. Paul's head coach Jimmy Perry. "He is getting some letters from colleges. He is a little bit short, but he has got what you can't coach--speed and quickness."
Towner was unofficially clocked at under 4.4 seconds in a 40-yard dash run at a Southern Miss football camp this past summer, which explains why a 5-8, 165-pound junior may end up getting a major college scholarship offer somewhere down the road.
" A cornerback and kick returner, he also sees spot duty on offense for St. Paul's, which is 9-1 heading into the first round of the state playoffs on Friday night vs. Woodlawn.
"He has got great vision," Perry says of the player who has been checked out by Auburn, Alabama and other colleges. "Can he be an SEC cornerback? I don't know because of his height. There is a big demand for punt returners and kickoff returners, and he is very good at that. He is such a good player in open space it is hard to hem him up.
"He also has great hands," Perry says. "He never bobbles a snap, he never bobbles a punt or anything. We throw to him. We put him at split end out in space and now he is playing a little tailback so we pitch it to him.
"There will be a place for him," Perry predicts. "Somebody is going to take a chance on him and they will be getting a good football player."