Auburn Adds Juco DB To 2014 Class

Junior college cornerback Joseph Turner took a visit to check out the Auburn Tigers and committed after receiving an offer from Gus Malzahn.

San Mateo, Calif.--Joseph Turner, a three-star cornerback at College of San Mateo, has committed to play for Coach Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers after taking a visit to the Auburn campus this week.

"Honestly, it was my first time coming to the South," the 6-1, 180-pound Turner tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I think it was pretty fun. I had a great time from the moment I got there until the moment I left.

"The time I spent with the players was great," he said. "They embraced me and the coaches embraced me as well. They made me feel welcome and the campus was lovely. All the facilities were nice from the dorms to the student center to the field. It was just awesome. It was a great experience.

"Coach (Gus) Malzahn offered me before I left," he adds. "Actually when I got on the plane. When I got off I told them I was committed. They are going to send me my papers when they get the address to my school. I'm not going to take a visit to Texas A&M. I'm committed to Auburn. I'm done weighing my options and I'm sticking with it."

Previously committed to Washington State to enroll in January, he still had academic work left to do and is now scheduled to graduate this spring. He will have three years to play two seasons at the Division I level after finishing junior college.

A California native, Turner says that he's excited about continuing his career in the Southeastern Conference and he's especially pumped up about the future of the Auburn defense.

"It's really exciting for me," Turner notes. "They barely recruit from outside that area so to be one of the only California kids to come play in the SEC is a great opportunity. I'm just really thankful and blessed.

"They are trying to build their defense based on bigger defensive backs," he adds. "I'm the guy that put the finishing touches on that and it makes me feel really good. It shows me that the number two school in the country is willing to put their eggs in the basket for me. I'm just grateful for the opportunity because I know it's rare that these opportunities come across. I'm just thankful."

As a sophomore he made 18 tackles, broke up six passes, intercepted two and recovered a fumble as he helped his team post a 9-1 record.

"He had a great season for us and was a First Team All-Nor Cal guy," said Tim Tulloch, his juco team's defensive coordinator.

As a freshman he made 21 tackles, deflected five passes and made three interceptions for the Bulldogs.

Prior to junior college he attended Sacramento, Calif., High School.

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