Player Spotlight: Jordan Turner

New Memphis head coach Larry Porter was the first to offer Wichita South rising senior and rising star, Jordan Turner, but most likely not the last. After a strong junior season the big 6-4, 335 defensive lineman is getting serious consideration from a number of schools throughout the Midwest.

"It was exciting to receive the offer from Memphis," said Jordan Turner. "I'm going to go down and check out the campus and community. But, I'm hearing from a lot of schools right now, so I'm in no hurry to commit anywhere."

Last season Turner helped the South Titans to their first state playoff appearance since the 1971 season. He thinks that run to the playoffs helped get his name out there for college coaches.

"We're not what you would call a feature team," said Turner of his high school. "But when we made the first playoff appearance in 38 years people started to wonder who's on that team. I just started receiving a lot of mail and recruiting stuff within the last four months."

Among the schools showing heavy interest in Turner are Kansas State, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, TCU, and North Dakota, as well as Memphis.

"Oh man, I need to make a list because there are some I'm probably forgetting," said Turner. "I've been to some junior days, but haven't done a whole lot of moving around. When we get in-season I'm planning on trying to go to games and see different places before I decide."

When asked if there's any specific date he'll decide, Turner asks the last date possible. In 2011 it is on February 2nd, or Groundhog Day.

"Well then that's probably when I'm going to decide," Turner said.

"My visit to K-State was good. I liked Joe Bob Clements, who's recruiting me there, and Coach Mo (Latimore). I really loved my visit to TCU and the staff there. KU was great. It has a great atmosphere there. Oklahoma State was pretty good, but they don't seem to be recruiting me as hard as some of the other schools."

Playing the defensive line Turner wants everyone to know exactly what his position is and what it entails. Defensive coordinators running a 3-4 scheme may want to pay attention.

"I don't think of myself as a defensive tackle or a nose guard," said Turner. "What I am is a pure nose tackle. Some guys are 6-6, 275, but play the nose like a sissy.

"I've got a wide body, long arms, big butt, and can move. At 6-4, 335, I've got the right stuff to dominate at the nose. I've got the mentality that I won't get beat. I hate to get beat, and it's not going to happen. Maybe when I get to college it will, but I'm never getting beat at the high school level."

Turner was named 2nd team All-Wichita in 2009 as a junior. He's not planning on attending a lot of camps this summer, but to work out extensively.

"Right now I'm preparing my body for my senior year," said Turner. "I know I need to have a good year to get more offers, and I'm working my butt off this summer with my teammates. I'm excited about my senior year and doing my part to help this team win."

Turner says he presently has a core GPA of 2.3 and plans on retaking the ACT. He is focused on bringing up his average during his senior year.

"One of the main things I'm looking for in a program is academics," Turner said. "My goal is to make the league. If I'm one of the lucky people who get the opportunity to do that, then great. If not, I need something that's going to help me in life after football.

"I'd like to study business or maybe programming. Everywhere you look there's new technology. I think that would be something good to get into."

Turner and the South Titans play in the Greater Wichita City League. Their first game is September 3rd against city rival Wichita West.

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