Michigan DE Competes For UI Offer

The Fighting Illini football program was inundated with top prospects from all over the Midwest at its Friday Night Lights camp, held recently in Memorial Stadium. Among those hoping to secure a scholarship offer was upcoming senior Andre Turner, a defensive end from the state of Michigan.

Chandler Park, Michigan, head coach John Jergovich thinks highly of his defensive end Andre Turner.

"Andre is phenomenal. His first step off the ball is ridiculous. He's quick, he runs a 4.7. He's 6'-4" and weighs 218. He's got a motor on him.

"The type of person he is off the field is ridiculous. He's a phenomenal young man, phenomenal leader. He's just a great kid."

Turner didn't run quite that well at the Illinois Friday Night Lights camp in Memorial Stadium June 8. But he did get to work with Illini defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, who recruits the state of Michigan. Jergovich says Gilmore sought the personal interaction the camp allows.

"Coach Gilmore really likes him. He wanted him to come down for this one-day to work out for them. The biggest question for Andre is, will he put the weight on? I have no doubt in my mind he will when he is in a college program eating three meals a day, and the weight program."

Turner has been talking to a number of colleges about his future.

"MAC schools have offered him: Toledo, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan. Cincinnati is interested, Syracuse is interested, Illinois is interested, Michigan State is recruiting him a little bit. Personally, I think he's under-recruited."

Jergovich is overseeing a rapidly developing program at Chandler Park.

"We were 8-3 last year. We made the second round of the playoffs. This was our third year of varsity; we're a new program. Each year we made the playoffs, going 7-3, 7-3 and now 8-3. So each year we've gotten better."

Watching the action with his coach was Csont'e York, a good-looking receiver prospect. Unfortunately for the Illini, York is already committed to Michigan. Having both Turner and York on his team is a good starting point for a big 2012 season according to Jergovich.

"Yep, we're excited. We open up in Canton, Ohio, and we're taking an out-of-state trip to Philadelphia."

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