Turmarian Moreland Commits to BYU With Qs Answered

The juco head coach of BYU's latest defensive commit compares him favorably to <b>Julian Battle</b> of the Kansas City Chiefs, a cornerback standout he also coached at Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC).

Cougar coaches have aggressively hit the recruiting trail this year looking to fill major holes in the skilled positions. That hole got a bit shallower with a verbal commitment yesterday from cornerback Turmarian Moreland.

His head coach, Ron Ponciano, spoke glowingly about his talented defensive star from Palm Beach Lakes, Florida. Moreland was a Florida prep 3rd team All-State wide receiver as a senior. "He's a very talented kid."

A 6-2, 196-pound converted corner with 4.5 speed, Ponciano said he knew he had another gem in his secondary as soon as he saw him practice.

"Last year, he played three and a half games and had seven interceptions. This year, he ended up just getting four interceptions. Stat wise, he had four picks and 19 unassisted and 19 assisted tackles," said Ponciano, adding Moreland registered "two touchdowns on those four interceptions, seven PBU (pass break ups), and he had one tackle for a loss."

His coach said Moreland's play forced opposing quarterbacks to throw in the opposite direction. "He is tall, rangy and is a wonderful kid."

A black, non LDS athlete, Moreland came on his official recruiting trip to Provo last weekend with a few questions that were satisfactorily answered by other black BYU athletes who shared their thoughts and firsthand experiences.

"He fits in character-wise with the values of Brigham Young," said Ponciano. "He's a man of color, so he went there with questions for the other kids of color on the team. He felt really good about it and he committed while he was there. We just hope he stands with his commitment because we are proud because he has verbally committed to play at BYU."

Ponciano noted that BYU's linebacker coach, Barry Lamb, had done an outstanding job recognizing and recruiting not only his players, but also other top caliber talent within the Western States Conference.

"Barry Lamb did a nice job recruiting him (Moreland). Barry's done an exceptional job recruiting our conference and getting some of the premier athletes in our conference, I thought. Everybody he's talking to are the better ones in the conference, so he's done an exceptional job up and down this corridor with these players," Ponciano added.

Moreland will have three years to play two.

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