Venables offers Virginia ATH

While Brent Venables was making the rounds through Virginia last week, he stopped by Centreville High School in Clifton to see three-star A.J. Turner.

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According to, Turner is a three-star running back and ranked as the No. 61 player at the position.

Venables stopped by his school on Monday.

"He called me that and wanted to make sure my parents were on the phone, because he had some news to tell me," Turner said. "He called me and that's when he told me. It was me, my father and my brother. We were just talking to him, listening to what he had to say.

"He was like, ‘Well, we're going to offer you a full ride to our university.'"

Turner has several offers already, including Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

"I think it meant a lot, because Clemson, to me, is an elite program. I think that was very big for me, because they're a very elite program, they're one of the best programs in the nation, in my opinion," he said. "I think getting that offer from them will, maybe, open up things to other schools."

Venables showed Turner's film to running backs coach Tony Elliott and defensive backs coach Mike Reed. Both were impressed. Both want him in their respective position groups.

Clemson has offered him as an athlete.

"I would prefer running back, because I've been playing it my whole life and I didn't really start playing DB until, basically, this year, so I think I would prefer running back, because I'm more comfortable with it," Turner said.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect is still learning about Clemson.

"It's kind of one of the schools that I haven't had any contact with or anything like that," Turner said. "They just came, called and offered me. I'd been trying to send stuff there for the longest. I guess they just finally saw it."

As a junior, Turner finished with 1,240 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns and 440 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Top Stories