The last few weeks have been jam-packed for Paul Turner – both on the field and off.
The West Monroe quarterback camped at LSU on Tuesday of last week, where he picked up his 10th – and arguably biggest - scholarship offer. He then spent three of the next four days in Hoover, Ala. at the National 7-on-7 Tournament.
Then came the most exhausting leg of the journey: returning to West Monroe, La. with an LSU scholarship in town.
“It’s been just crazy with everyone pressing me about it,” laughed Turner. “I think the offer turned out to be a little bigger than I thought it would be. My friends are all coming up and telling me to go ahead and commit to LSU. They definitely all seem really happy for me. But at the same time, they want to know where I am going.”
The advice from head coach Don Shows, who isn’t short on experience when it comes to sending players off to top colleges, was to bring things to a close sooner than later.
“He led off by telling me not to worry about people pressuring me and all that, but just to take some time to think and then choose what is best for me,” Turner said. “He also said it might be a good idea to go ahead and do something before the start of the season, because that can definitely become a distraction. I’m going to try and go ahead and make a decision soon, but it might go over into the season by a couple of games.”
This weekend Turner and his family will visit Baton Rouge, a first-chance for his mother to see the program’s academic center, an area that Turner – soon to be West Monroe’s Valedictorian – takes much pride in.
“It’s just going to be a short visit, but it will give my family the chance to see some more things about the campus that we haven’t had the opportunity to visit,” he said. “We didn’t really get a chance to get into seeing the setup and meeting the coaches when I came down for camp, so this will be that chance.”
“I have gotten a chance to see TCU and Ole Miss, but I hadn’t been to Texas A&M, and that’s somewhere I still want to see,” Turner said.
Offered by LSU as an athlete, Turner – who led the team to a state title – suited up at quarterback in 2009 and passed for 1,522 yards (90-of-134), 13 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for 1,062 yards and 22 touchdowns.