Trai Turner talks LSU visit

Trai Turner out of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans has been committed to the LSU program since May. He's hasn't wavered on the commitment since and this weekend he came to Baton Rouge to take his one (and only) official visit.

"It was great to be recruited with many of the other LSU commitments in my class and to see some familiar faces like Tyrann Mathieu, my former and future teammate," Trai Turner said. "He was my player/host for the weekend.

"It's starting to feel like a new family. I'm close with all those guys; La'el (Collins), Jonah Austin, Jarvis Landry, Odell (Beckham) and (Terrence) Magee from seeing them at games and visits."

Turner is in the same class as Jonah Austin at "St. Aug", and Mathieu was just one year ahead of them. Turner will go in with a high comfort level when he arrives in Baton Rouge this summer.

"I feel at home at LSU," said Turner. "When I go now, I'm not the least bit nervous. There's no second guessing myself on my commitment to the school. I'm just ready to become a part of it."

Turner, 6-4, 330, has played offensive tackle and guard for the Purple Knights during his prep career and some at defensive tackle. Most project Turner to play inside at guard at the next level due to his size and athleticism. The man who'll help shape his progress is offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.

"We pretty much talked same ole', same ole'," said Turner of his time spent with Coach Studrawa. "We have such a close relationship and talk all the time, so it wasn't a big deal. What I enjoyed most was watching highlight tapes from the season and knowing in just a few months that I'm going to be here."

On the season, Turner suffered a shoulder injury which kept him out of two games for the Purple Knights. He's working out hard as his dream of playing at LSU is fast approaching reality.

"My senior season I did OK," Turner stated. "I'm rehabbing the shoulder and doing a lot of running, hitting the gym. My goal is to go in strong and at least get two-deep on the depth chart and see some playing time. I can't wait to get out there and play in front of 93,000."

Turner had numerous offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan, Stanford, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Kentucky, among others. He had offers for official visits, but has made up his mind that LSU is where he'll sign in February.

"I'm a man of my word," said Turner. "I'm not going on any other visits. My mom and dad came with me (to Baton Rouge). They're both very excited for me and the opportunity I have here. It's a place that's not too far from New Orleans, but far enough to get away. The people are great, the coaches, the facilities, just so many things."

Turner wore No. 76 for St. Augustine. He helped the team to a 9-3 record as a senior. They made it to the 3rd round of the 5A state playoffs before being defeated by St. Thomas More in the last minute, 31-27.

Although, Turner says there's so many things he's interested in pursing academically at LSU, he's looking hard at Business Administration. He'll graduate high school May 19th and plans to arrive in Baton Rouge by June for orientation.

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