'12 Intro: Northside ATH Jasper Turner

Jasper Turner calls the signals for the Northside Vikings' Pro-I offense, but he expects to move to the defensive side of the football in college. Read further to find out more about Turner, including analysis from his teammate, all-state defensive tackle Tyler Porter.

"I plan on moving to cornerback in college," said Northside (Lafayette, La.) junior Jasper Turner, who plays QB for the Vikings. "I'm 6-0 and I vary between 185-to-190 pounds.

"I'm going to Junior Day at UL this weekend, and I'm getting letters from them, as well as Grambling State, Southern, McNeese State, and Northwestern State. Louisiana Tech is a good school and I could see myself playing there. I've seen how they recruited (senior teammate) Tyler (Porter). I think he'll do good there."

Turner amassed approximately 3,000 all-purpose yards last season for Northside, which reached the Class 4A quarterfinals. He threw for 19 touchdowns and ran for six more.

What does Turner think about moving to the defensive side of the ball in college?

"It's not a hard transition," he said. "I'm an athletic football player and once I learn the techniques at corner, it will be smooth."

What does Turner's teammate, Tech signee and Student Body President Tyler Porter, have to say about the underclassman?

"Jasper is a tremendous athlete," Porter said. "When you first see him, he may not pop out as appearing to be a great athlete, but he is.

"Jasper doesn't look like he can move like he does. He can do it all. He can cover with the best, he can throw the ball; he can play anywhere you need him - any position. He could play fullback, linebacker, safety, and I think he could probably play defensive end on the high school level if you showed him a couple of things."

Northside prefers a balanced run/pass attack on offense, but with tailback Terrell Alfred moving on to McNeese next year, you'll undoubtedly see some big pass plays down the field from Turner to 6-foot-5 all-state WR Dwayne Benjamin.


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