Recruit Breaking Out Of The Shadows

This defensive prospec from Louisiana talks about his recruitment and visiting camps at LSU and Auburn.

New Orleans, La.–-Many times a good football player can be overlooked or undervalued when there is another outstanding player present at the same position on his team. That appears to be the case with defensive end Christopher Turner from Marian Abramson High.

A 6-3, 250-pounder with 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash, Turner gets lost in the shuffle when football recruiters talk about his school because of teammate Alonzo Horton.

One of the top defensive end prospects in the country, Horton has been getting attention because of his speed off the corner and his ability to get to the quarterback. Turner, who is a very good player in his own right, is coming off a junior season that saw him make 77 tackles and add 16 sacks. His size, speed and play-making ability all add up to a strong football player and one colleges have begun to see as a possible signee down the road.

Christopher Turner

"I have offers from Alabama, Clemson, Southern Miss and Oklahoma State right now," Turner tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I grew up a LSU fan. I went to their camp in June and they said they would probably offer me a scholarship at the end of the season because they don't have that many like they had last year."

Following his LSU trip Turner made a visit to Auburn in July for a one-day camp on the Plains and came away impressed by what he saw. Along with Bobby Greenwood and Rudy Odum, Turner was one of the top defensive linemen at the camp and says he learned a lot about football and about Auburn in the short time he was on the campus.

"I liked it a lot," Turner says. "I'm trying to work hard, earn a scholarship, and make an impression on the coaches."

A three-year starter at defensive end, Turner will also play some offensive line as a senior to help out with depth problems. With 24 career sacks heading into his senior season he says he hopes to play well enough to impress more schools into offering him a scholarship. He notes that if Auburn is one of the schools that extends an offer down the road then the Tigers may be hard to pass up.

"I really liked my visit to Auburn," Turner says. "I like the coaching staff and the facilities. This will make my decision a tough one if I get an offer from Auburn. This is a real good place to be."

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