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Louisiana DE Chris Turner Commits to Mizzou

Louisiana defensive end Chris Turner became the 13th commitment for Missouri in the Class of 2017 on Sunday night.

Hammond (La.) High School Class of 2017 defensive end Chris Turner has only been to the University of Missouri twice, but he loved both trips. 

On Sunday night, following his second trip to the school, the three-star prospect announced that he was making a verbal commitment to the Tigers and would continue his football career at Missouri.

“I got up there with my parents and my parents loved everything about it and I’ve already been up there once and I loved everything when I went up there the first time,” Turner told “Just seeing it for a second time reassured myself that this is what I want to do, this is where I want to be and I knew from what the coaches were telling me and just seeing it I felt like I’d be a great fit up there academically and on the field.”

Turner, a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, said he plans to study mechanical engineering.

The Louisiana native first visited Missouri this summer for the Tigers’ ‘Night At The Zou’ camp/recruiting event, where he showed his athleticism on the field during the workout portion of the event, got to meet other prospects and also spend quality time with the coaching staff.

Turner’s second trip to Missouri solidified what he was thinking after that initial visit to the school. 

What was the highlight of his official visit?

“The game,” Turner said of Missouri’s 26-17 win over visiting Vanderbilt. “Meeting the commits and then watching them beat Vanderbilt and watching the D-line perform. The D-line had a really good game yesterday and just seeing myself out there. That was a highlight and then after the game going in the locker room, meeting the players, talking to the coaches.”

Three of the Tigers’ 2017 commitments — offensive linemen Case Cook and Pompey Coleman and linebacker Jamal Brooks — all made unofficial visits to Missouri for the Vanderbilt game. 

Turner was in the locker room after the game when Missouri coach Barry Odom, who had just won his first Southeastern Conference game, delivered his team an emotional speech.

“It was good,” Turner said. “I felt it. I felt the emotion in there and the relief of winning that game. It was good.”


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