Chris Turner Excited to Sign With Missouri

Louisiana defensive end Chris Turner got a visit from Missouri head coach Barry Odom, defensive line coach Brick Haley and safeties coach Ryan Walters on Sunday.

Louisiana senior defensive end Chris Turner's recruitment hit a bit of a speed bump after committing to Missouri in mid November.

Just 10 days after pledging to the Tigers, the three-star prospect received a scholarship offer from Arkansas and Missouri announced that defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, the coach Turner had been developing a relationship with, was being let go.

Turner, who racked up 78 tackles, including 32 for loss, and 15 sacks during his senior season, took an official visit to Arkansas but realized Missouri was still the right school for him.

“I liked Arkansas but I realized Missouri was the best fit for me,” Turner told

Turner is all in with the Tigers. 

He had an in-home visit with head coach Barry Odom, defensive line coach Brick Haley and safeties coach Ryan Walters on Sunday. Turner said Haley, formerly the defensive line coach at Texas and LSU, has visited him at his school twice since being hired by Missouri to replace Shipp.

Turner has also helped to recruit some other players to join him in Columbia. 

He’s played against cornerback Adam Sparks, who committed to the Tigers in December after decommitting from Vanderbilt.

“I think he returned a punt for a touchdown against us or an interception,” Turner said. “He’s a player.”

Turner is also aware of two other Louisiana recruiting targets for the Tigers — defensive tackles Caleb Sampson and Shannon Forman. It’s still possible the Tigers could get commitments from Sampson and Forman before Signing Day.

On Sunday, Turner even did some recruiting via Twitter of Zion DeBose, a defensive end from North Carolina who has Missouri among his top few schools. 

So, yes, Turner is firmly committed to Missouri despite considering Arkansas, however briefly, and with the Tigers’ coaching change. 

“I’m excited,” he said. “I can’t wait for next week.”

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