West Coast Signal Caller Could Come East

With the south looking like it's headed towards a down year for QB's in the Class of '05, many SEC schools seeking a signal caller have began looking out of region for a player to fulfill their needs. One of those quarterbacks catching interest from the southeast is <b> Chris Turner</b> of West Hills, Calif. who threw for an impressive 3400yds and 30TD's last season.

"I have 1 offer so far and it's from Illinois. Right now my top 5 is Notre Dame, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan State and Southern Cal," Chris Turner said.

Who leads early on Turner?

"Notre Dame is my favorite school. I grew up a big Irish fan. I'm not catholic or anything, but I go to a catholic school," he quipped.

What stands out about the other schools on his list?

Florida: "The tradition. I love the SEC. They are a powerhouse team and they have great fans."

Tennessee: "I really like their offense. I talk to Coach Adkins and I really like him a lot."

Michigan St: "I like the Big10 a lot as well, and I've always kind of been a fan of MSU. Charles Rogers is my favorite player."

USC: "They are the local school and it's good to have a program like that so close to home. They are obviously already a major powerhouse."

Turner hinted that the Gators may have the best shot to climb ahead of the Irish, but will Coach Zook and his staff offer the west coast product a scholarship?

"Really, Florida is probably my #2 school. I'm planning on Chris Leak going pro, and that would give me a good chance at Florida. I went there for the spring game and they mentioned they may watch me at Stanford, but I heard the coaches saying that they have changed their recruiting philosophy and that it was unlikely they would even make 1 visit to California this year."

What is most important to the Chaminade Prep star in picking a school to continue his education?

"It's the coaching staff and the offense mainly. I don't want to run the option or anything like that," Chris joked.

What does Turner feel sets him apart from his peers?

"I think I pass very well. My ability to read the defense and then take my reads and make plays."

Chris is a good student who should have no trouble qualifying academically.

"I had a 3.1 GPA last grading period. I took the SAT but I haven't gotten the results back yet. Right now I'm leaning towards majoring in communications, but that's not a final decision.

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