All the way from Houston, Texas, 6-foot-3, 285 pound defensive tackle Alex Turner verbally committed to East Carolina. Turner verbally committed to ECU Sunday morning and is excited get started in 2016.
Before even mentioning football, Turner attributed ECU’s campus and lifestyle as to reasons why he chose the program. Turner was looking to go to a college town and thought Greenville fit the mold.
"The campus is beautiful, first off,” said Turner. “I always wanted to go to a college town, which is exactly what ECU is. Everyone there, honestly, are kind and honest people. Even strangers that I met on the street were just nice people. They were just kind to me and I really liked that.”
Greenville is far from Texas, but Turner has no issues with the distance. He said that he has always wanted to travel around the country.
While the university captured Turner’s attention, so did the coaching staff for ECU. Scottie Montgomery’s energy was infectious to Turner and thought the rest of the coaching staff was the same way.
“I really liked his energy,” said Turner of Montgomery. “I feel like he’s that type of coach that is going to take the reins of this program and make everyone work really hard. But at the same time I feel like he is going to be down to earth and really understanding. He’s going to try to win championships and I think that’s his goal.”
Defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson primarily recruited the defensive tackle. Thompson told Turner that he plans have him play many positions along the defensive line.
In Texas, Turner played football at Jersey Village High School. There he battle through some injuries during his senior year but played through it. On the field Turner cites his explosiveness and physical play as part of his strengths.
I have a quick get off,” said Turner. I am explosive and I’ll pop you in the chest and get you off balanced. I have pretty good hands and I’ll use my hands to get in the right position to make plays.”
Turner also had offers from Lamar, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee State.