LSU’s in state crop of seniors has already produced three commitments to the Tigers, a group anchored on the outside by five-star tackle La’el Collins. At guard, the Tigers picked up pledges from the No. 15 and No. 30 ranked prospects in Turner and Corey White, respectively.
A key piece to St. Augustine High’s offensive success, Turner has helped pave the way for freshman Leonard Fournette to break onto the Louisiana high school football scene with a handful of 200-plus yard rushing nights.
“The kid is amazing,” Turner said. “When I heard that he had gotten offered by LSU, I was shocked. He has four years until college and he already has the attention of lots of coaches. All I have to do is get him to the second level, and then Leonard gets the credit for the rest.”
Though they entered the season at the top of the state rankings, the Purple Knight’s opening night brought a major hit. St. Augustine dropped a 59-56 game to West Jefferson, and Turner was down and not set to return.
“I dislocated my shoulder on a defensive play,” Turner said. “I made a tackle and came down the wrong way. I think things got emotional for the team after I went down, and with the way the game turned out, it showed that we weren’t invincible.
“When we came in ranked No. 1, I was kind of afraid of that, mainly because we were still young. People say we have nothing to worry about, but I liked it more when we had the chip on our shoulder.”
St. Augustine bounced back with a 52-20 win over McDonough 35 and a 46-19 win over Easton. In their 35-22 win over LaGrange last weekend, Turner returned to the field and was able to go from start to finish.
“My shoulder is feeling fine right now,” he said. “It was aching a little at gametime, so I was somewhat sluggish. Eventually I am going to get back to full speed. I played decent for my first game back, so it should get better.”
The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder made the drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge last Saturday, where he spent the afternoon and evening with both the current commitments and his future Tiger teammates.
“I hung out with Tyrann (Mathieu), Spencer Ware and Sam Gibson, and then some of the offensive linemen like Chris Faulk and Evan Washington,” Turner said. “When I was at the game I hung out with all the other committed guys. The weekend was really nice. Every time that I am around the coaches and that environment, I know I made the right choice. LSU is somewhere I have always wanted to be.”
While Turner won’t make LSU’s weekend game against the Volunteers, count the New Orleans native in for a number of trips to Baton Rouge throughout the fall.
“I am probably going to try and make all of the games, and I’m not looking to get around to any other places right now,” he said. “Our game this weekend is at 2:30 in the afternoon as well, so I might even get up there afterwards just to hang around when the game is over.”