19 Players in 19 Days: Quentin Turner

The ninth in our series covering the 19 commitments for the Ball State Football Class of 2014.

Quentin Turner is certainly one of the most highly recruited players to ever sign with Ball State. After snubbing offers from the likes of Tennessee and Northwestern to commit to Coach Pete Lembo and the Cardinals, it looked as though holding on to the highly regarded recruit would be difficult to say the least. Then prior to his first game of his senior year, Turner injured his knee and had to sit out the whole season. Through that though, the Cardinals stuck by their commit and solidified their standing with him.

Turner is a naturally gifted cover corner, he is not the biggest guy at 5-10, but he has the ball skills, recovery speed and reactive quickness that is necessary to be a star at the collegiate level – which is why the BCS programs came offering last summer. Despite limited varsity experience (only played varsity as a junior), he was able to show on film the tools he has which included a school record for interceptions at Miller Grove, which is a school that puts several players in Division 1 programs each year.

Strengths:I could write several paragraphs on Miller's talents. He is tough and relentless. He is fast and has amazing ball skills. He is a solid cover corner who is not afraid to jump into the action against the run. He has a skill set that screams star, especially at the Mid-American Conference level.

What to Work On: For Turner, it will be just a matter of strengthening his body and strengthening the knee he injured last fall. He will need to understand the defense and coverage schemes, but he certainly has the talent to be an impact guy.

What to Expect This Coming Season: I think due to the recovery time from his injury and because there is no need to rush him onto the field with Eric Patterson and Tyree Holder returning, it is almost a certainty that Turner will redshirt this coming season, but from there – look out.

Tomorrow's player: Kevin Willis.


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