Tackle Billy Turner Gets Recruiting Looks

Billy Turner, a 6-foot-5, 295 pound offensive tackle from Arden Hills (MN) Mounds View, is one of the top lineman in the state. Turner was preseason Star Tribune All-Metro selection and he has received five scholarship offers to date. He attended his second Minnesota Gopher home game this past weekend against Wisconsin. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Turner to learn the latest.

Billy Turner comes from a football family. His older brother, Maurice Jr., was named first-team All-Metro by Kare-11 TV and second-team by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and is at Northern Iowa. He caught pass by current Minnesota Gopher quarterback. His father, Maurice Turner Sr., was drafted and played for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1984 and 1985 seasons after playing football at Utah State. The older Turner is serving as a defensive backs coach for the Mustangs.

Billy Turner is receiving plenty of Midwest football recruiting notice.

"I have five offers, from North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota and Illinois State. I am hearing from some other schools like Wyoming, Northern Illinois, the "U", Buffalo and a few other schools that are trying to get an offer out to me after looking they look over my senior tape."

Turner attended the California game and made his second Gopher contest this weekend. He has also got a chance to watch his brother and Northern Iowa play this season.

"I went to Northern Iowa's second game against South Dakota. I am going to their next one up against NDSU next weekend."

Turner said that he plans to take some other visits later this year.

"Eventually, once I narrow my choices down to a top three, I will. Until then, I am going to a lot of the schools around here in the area."

Mounsa View is off to a 5-1 start. They bounced back from a 19-7 loss to Stillwater in their second game, but have bounced back to outscore their opponents 101-20 their last three contests. Turner is pleased with team's play to date.

"It has gone good. We started off pretty strong. We lost second game, but we came back strong after that. We had ten turnovers in the first two games, but since then we have narrowed that down a lot. We had another big win against East Ridge. They are a new school. They came out ready to play. It was 14-0 at the half. After that, we just came out stronger and we put them away."

Turner feels that he has played well this season.

"I feel pretty good, I think. I've been playing offense and defense. I've been getting in shape, of course. I've been having a good time. It is my senior year."

Turner admits that most people figure that he is skill position player like his brother and father.

"It is hard for them to hear that I am an "O" lineman. My dad was a running back. My brother is a wide receiver and my uncle was a running back. I think that he played receiver here, though. They don't expect me to be big and then I show up at 6-foot-5, 295 pounds."

Turner went to several camps this summer.

"I went to Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, the "U" and both of the North Dakota schools."

Turner is projected as an offensive tackle in college. However, he plays both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Mustangs. He admits that he likes being able to hit players on defense.

"I do. My freshman year, I was on the freshman team and I played all defense. I thought that I was going to be a defensive lineman, but I just kept get taller and longer. My sophomore year, they brought me up to varsity and put me at tackle. I kind of developed a liking for that and I've been there ever since."

Turner, who posted a 23 and 22 on the ACT test and has a 2.8 Gpa, has given some thought to a possible major in college.

"Maybe law enforcement. I kind of want to go into coaching. My dad is a coach and my grandpa was a coach for a long time. It would be fun, working with school and kids."

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