Early Pledge By Peabody's Turner

Orlando Early's Louisiana-Monroe program scored a very big 2007 recruit. Peabody's Rudy Turner offered his verbal commitment this past weekend.

Raphael Turner was the top high school post target of the Louisiana-Monroe program. He's a 6-foot-8 big man out of Peabody (La.) High.

"I'm a Warhorse right now, soon to be a Warhawk," "Rudy" Turner told Scout.com. The 275-pounder averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds last season.

Orlando Early and his staff were all over the big fella and he took notice.

"They've been watching me for a year and a half straight. They really watched me this summer. I was their No. 1 recruit."

Mississippi and SE Louisiana expressed a lot of interest and offered. Auburn did some flirting with him recently. The Warhawks situation turned out to be a big selling point for the Louisiana native.

"They have a center but he's getting ready to leave this year and I can come in and fill his shoes."

Turner committed shortly after making his official visit this past weekend.

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