Chris Turner's recruiting has been going fairly steady for some time now, but it jumped up another level on Sunday when he received his first scholarship offer from a Southeastern Conference school.
Turner, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound Class of 2017 defensive end at Hammond (La.) High School, received an offer from the Missouri Tigers on Sunday.
“It was great,” Turner told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “It was a great feeling. I’ve been waiting on this for a while and I’ve been working for this for a while and my first one shows that my hard work is starting to pay off.”
Turner was apparently discovered by Missouri defensive line coach Jackie Shipp during a recruiting trip through Louisiana.
“He told me he was in our area recruiting and the school he was at he asked the coach if they knew if there were any good D-linemen around and he told him to go to Hammond High,” Turner said. “So that’s how he said he found me. I was walking into the field house one day and he was walking in. That’s when I met him.
“He said he brought my film back and they watched it as a staff and my coach told him a lot of good things about me so they want to extend me an offer.”
The offer from the Tigers is the 16th for Turner, but the first from a power five conference school. So his recruiting was going well before his first SEC offer.
“It was going pretty good,” Turner said. “The schools that had offered me, it was a bunch of good schools — like good academics and good football programs. None of them were big, but it was going pretty good.”
What have college coaches said they like about Turner?
“They obviously say they like my size and my height and that I have a lot of room to grow,” he said. “They say they like how I am in the classroom, because my grades are pretty good and I take care of everything in the classroom. My film, they say I’m a good pass rusher and I come off the edge.”
Turner competed at the Nike The Opening regional on April 10 in New Orleans and put up some impressive numbers, including a 4.73 40-yard dash and 37.7-inch vertical leap.
With his frame, Turner will get bigger and stronger with a college strength and conditioning program. He also ran track this spring and he said that helped him get a little faster.
“I did long jump, triple jump, 200 and 4x200,” he said. “I didn’t lose any weight from track. We ran almost every day and I kept my same weight. I feel like I got faster.”
Next up for Turner in the recruiting process is figuring out which schools to camp with this summer.
“I know I’m going to a lot of them,” Turner said. “I haven’t really sat down with my parents and picked which ones yet. I’m going to be doing that in the next week or so.”