West Monroe's Paul "Burner" Turner

Another outstanding local prospect that is high on the ULM big board is West Monroe quarterback Paul Turner. The burner gives the latest to Warhawk Nation and let's it be known he would like to stay close to home.

Although it's been about a week since West Monroe quarterback Paul Turner heard from ULM, head coach Todd Berry has left a lasting impression.

"When we did talk, we had a long deep conversation," Turner said. "He seems like a great man who really knows what he's doing. He could be another father figure in my life if I was to go there. He seems like a great coach and I was really impressed."

ULM was the first to offer Turner a scholarship and maintains contact with the quarterback who led West Monroe to a state title as a junior. He knows the Warhawks have a place for him and Berry has a plan for the program's future.

"Besides the scholarship offer, it seems like (Berry) is coming there to turn the program around," Turner said. "It seems like there will be a lot of discipline and hard work, and I like that."

Turner, who also holds offers from, Louisiana Tech, TCU, Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tulane and McNeese State said that "Everybody has my attention. Nobody has any special treatment and nobody is ahead. Overall, it's about the same."

But he added, "I have to say that I'd like to stay in town. Take that how it sounds."

Turner was scheduled to attend Alabama's camp last weekend, but said that things didn't work out. On his schedule is Tulane's camp at Neville High School in Monroe on June 24. He's also considering the Tennessee and Ole Miss camps.

Turner is weighing both the academic and athletic programs at each of his suitors and plans to major in nursing.

"I know that ULM has a great nursing school," Turner said. His parents will also play a big role in his decision. "I like a school that has great team spirit and I want to see if they are a school on the rise – little things like that."

Turner knows a position change is likely in college. Wide receiver and safety are two possibilities and he's fine with that.

As for his timetable on making a commitment?

"Some guys want to knock it out in the summer, and that's somewhat what I was thinking also," Turner said. "But I don't know. It will be a difficult decision, knowing that I'll spend the next four years there."

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