Turner Still Pining For UMD Look

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 2016 athlete Darryl Turner has several offers on the table, but is hoping for some major FBS looks, specifically one from the hometown school.

The Terps and Washington D.C.-area recruiter Mike Locksley have targeted numerous DeMatha Stags (Hyattsville, Md.) in the 2016 and 2017 classes, including current UMD pledge Lorenzo Harrison, receiver Tino Ellis, guard Terrance Davis, defensive end Shane Simmons (Penn State commit), tackle J.P. Urquidez and sophomore stud Anthony McFarland. But one emerging star, who earned first-team all-metro honors this year, is still searching for his Maryland look.

“I’m definitely high on Maryland and what they’re doing over there with all the local guys they’re getting, the new facility they’re building, and just the environment over there,” said Darryl Turner, an athlete who holds offers from Toledo, UMass, Army and Old Dominion. “I talk to Coach Locks [Locksley] a lot online and stuff, and he’s been recruiting me since I was a freshman. He was telling me how they definitely like me, and how he was impressed with me at the one camp they had [the June 28 Big Show] and also on the field this year.

“But he said there’s some things going on and some other guys they’re looking at, and they have to see what happens with them first. So I kind of have to wait to see if a spot opens up or not.”

Turner shined as a slot and safety for DeMatha this year, while he can play cornerback as well. He said the Terps have indicated they think he fits best at safety, despite him standing just 5-feet-10, 175-pounds.

“Right now they’re saying safety, but we’ll see. Coach Locks was telling me [online] they had a couple other safeties they had offered in my class, but we’ll see if they [commit] or not,” Turner said. “But I would love to play at Maryland; it would be a nice place to go. Just seeing [Harrison] go there and Keandre [Jones, the linebacker from nearby Good Counsel High] going there, and guys like Tino [Ellis] and Dwayne [Haskins, the quarterback from nearby Bullis High] talking about it, I’d love to join that. If all these guys stay home, the [Terps] could end up winning a national championship in a couple years, so that’s definitely something I’d be interested in. I’d definitely look to join that.”

The DeMatha product attended the Terps’ game against Ohio State this fall, while he’d previously been to a couple camps and junior days in College Park, Md.

Turner knows the area and school well, and, as aforementioned, has long held Randy Edsall’s crew in high regard.

“Maryland’s a great school, a great place to be. It’s right down the street, just a few minutes from home,” Turner said. “I was at the Ohio State game, and even though [the Terps] lost, it was still a great atmosphere and really cool. I like it there.”

So, if an offer did come to fruition one day, what would Turner do?

“Well, I might not commit on the spot; I’d talk to my parents and coaches first,” he said. “But Maryland would definitely be No. 1.”

While UMD might be a dream offer, there are other programs on Turner’s radar. He said of his current verbals, ODU stands out. He visited the Monarchs several months back and enjoyed the coaching staff and environment.

Other assistant coaches in touch include those from Penn State, Purdue, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Boston College and Arizona, in addition to offerees Toledo, UMass, Army and ODU.

“I actually think Penn State might be offering soon. I talk to their coaches like every other day on Twitter and they really like me,” Turner said. “I visited there [State College, Pa.] before and liked it up there.

“Pitt really liked me too, but their coach left so I’m trying to get to know their new guy. But actually Coach [Pat] Narduzzi coached my brother, Charles Hayes, at Rhode Island, so he already knows our family, so I want to get up to meet him [at Pitt]. Then, like, there’s a bunch of other schools that have been talking to me, but nothing too serious yet.”

Turner plans to see Maryland, Pitt and Penn State this winter. He said he’d like to attend junior days at each, though he could just take a personal trip to College Park, Md., since it’s so close.

Following the winter, Turner will hit numerous one-day camps in order to procure a few more high Division-I offers.

The DeMatha prospect is coming off a season where he racked up 10 receiving touchdowns out of the slot, and recorded five picks at safety. He helped the Stags win a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.

“I think I did pretty good this year,” Turner said. “I know there’s still a lot I can do better, but I really can’t complain. We won [the title], and I played a part in that, so I’m happy with what I was able to do.”

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