"About 5-11.5 and about 180. My forty is 4.34."
What do you consistently run the forty in?
"4.38." [Nick also ran the 100 meters in 10.47 seconds.-Gene]
Nick, are you in Mike Grant's PE class this summer?
Are you taking any other classes?
What are your objectives during the summer?
"First of all, becoming a good student as well as a good athlete. Just being here is a privilege. I'm just happy to be here. Everybody is helping me and I'm getting to meet new people."
You are in a unique situation in the fact that you have two former teammates on this team with you, Kamau Jackson and James Redmond. That has to help you to get adjusted to being here.
"Yes sir, it is. They tell me things that help me out. I know James was here for the first session and I would keep in touch with him. I would ask him questions and he would give me good straight-up answers."
What are your thoughts about the upcoming season?
"It is a dream of mine to play as a true freshman, but I'm also taking my education seriously and I want to make sure I do good in the classroom. If I play, that is fine, but if I don't, that is ok, too."
Your coach, head coach Rodney Cofield, told me the Nick Turner's come along maybe once in a lifetime. When did you realize you were so gifted and could do things other players couldn't?
"I guess when I watched my highlight film last year, I then realized I could do a lot."
Was it just natural for you? Did you not even know you were doing special things on the field?
"Yeah, I might be scrambling and wasn't even thinking about it. A lot of times in high school I would do something on the field and not even know why or how I did it. I guess it is just a God-given talent. Now that I am at State, I'm hoping to use it another four or five years."
Weren't you injured last year?
"I got a mild foot sprain in practice. I'm 100% now."
Talk a little about the support you got from the people at Booker T. Washington High School.
"It took me a long time to qualify. It took me to the end of my senior year. That was when I found out about all the people who were pulling for me and were behind me. I never knew until the spring how many teachers were pulling for me. They would stay after school with me, helping me. That was really special to me and has made me want to do well, academically, at Mississippi State."
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