Turner Checks Out Chizik's Tigers

Alan Turner traveled to Auburn's big recruiting weekend to check out Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Junction City, Ark.--Alan Turner, a 5-11, 190-pounder from Junction City High, made his second official visit and said he liked the trip to Auburn.

Turner, a teammate of defensive lineman Byran Jones who also visited the Tigers over the weekend, said, "The visit went very well. I like the family atmosphere at Auburn."

A three-sport athlete in high school, he plays both ways in football. He said that Auburn is looking at him as a safety, not a running back.

"I can't remember my senior stats on offense," he said. "On defense I had 67 tackles, eight interceptions and four forced fumbles at strong safety."

Turner helped the Junction City Dragons defend their Arkansas Class 2A state title in December. "It feels really good to play on back-to-back team championship teams with teammates I have known my whole life," he said. "We have been around each other so much we knew what we were going to do on the field playing together."

Turner visited Louisiana Tech last weekend with Jones and noted he and Jones are scheduled to visit Arkansas next week. He said that he doesn't have an offer yet from either SEC program like Jones has.

Louisiana Tech is currently in transition with head coach Derek Dooley being named head coach at Tennessee on Friday. "I visited Louisiana Tech last week," Turner said. "It was alright. I was kind of surprised when I heard he (Dooley) was gone. Right now I just have one more visit scheduled."

Turner, who competes for the Dragons in basketball and track, said he has a 3.3 grade point average and a 20 on the ACT. He isn't certain what he wants to study in college, but said, "Probably something like physical therapy."

Commenting on his weekend in Auburn, he said, "I liked the family atmosphere. It was like being at home. Eltoro Freeman was my player host. He is a nice guy. He showed us around town and took us to a little house party. Auburn has been recruiting me since last year. I really like the school."

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