Hammond (La.) High School standout Class of 2017 defensive end Chris Turner enjoyed his first trip to Missouri this summer for the Tigers’ ‘Night At The Zou’ event, where he was able to show what he could do during a workout, spend time with coaches, play dodgeball and tour the campus.
This weekend Turner will be back in Columbia for his official visit.
“I’m really excited about it,” Turner said. “I’ve been looking forward to it since I set the visit. I’m really excited about it and ready to get up there.”
This will be the first official visit for the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, who said he doesn’t have any other visits set at this point. He also hasn’t been taking unofficial visits, except to see games at Southeastern Louisiana, which is located in his hometown.
Turner said nothing has changed with Missouri since his visit this summer, which left him with a favorable impression of the program and coaching staff. He said he talks with Tigers defensive line coach Jackie Shipp at least once a week.
“The only thing that’s really changed is that relationships have gotten better,” Turner said. “I’ve gotten to know the coaches more and I’ve talked to them a lot more.”
As for his recruiting, in general, not much has changed for Turner since that summer trip to Missouri. He has since received an offer from Colorado State, but not any other offers from Power 5 conference schools.
“Schools have been talking to me,” Turner said. “I know Arkansas’s head coach was at my game a couple weeks ago, but nothing has really changed. No big schools have offered me.”
Turner has kept in touch with some of Missouri’s commitments over the past few months, via Twitter and texts.
Turner, who met Miller at ‘Night At The Zou,’ will get to see some of those guys this weekend. Brooks, Coleman and Cook are all expected to take unofficial visits to Missouri.
Between those players and Missouri’s coaches and current players, Turner could have several people in his ear this weekend about making a commitment to the Tigers.
Turner said he doesn’t think he’s close to making a decision on his college destination. But what if he gets to campus and loves everything he sees and starts to feel the urge to make a decision?
“I don’t know,” Turner said. “Maybe.”
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