6-1, 190 lbs.
Bethel High School
If you are a college coach looking for a wide receiver prospect who has good body control, will work hard to get better every year, and who can "go up and get the ball," then 6-1, 190 pound Jamil Turner of Bethel High School in Spanaway, WA, just might be your man. Look at his Insider's photo, and you can't help but think of Chris Carter, former All-Pro receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. Turner's 36" vertical jump undoubtedly has caught the eye of position coaches from schools ranging from Oregon and Washington in the Pacific Northwest, to Nebraska and Northwestern in the nation's heartland. His 17 catches for 388 yards (22.8 ypc) and three touchdowns, along with five interceptions from his free safety position on defense, helped the Bethel Braves to a 10-1 record in Washington's 4A largest school class in 2003. After talking to Jamil, you get the feeling that this is a player who is only going to get better.
As was previously mentioned, Jamil Turner likes to go up and get the ball. Recruited mainly as a wide receiver, he is hearing the most from Oregon, and names the Ducks and the University of Washington Huskies as his favorites at this point. His lone offer at this stage, however, comes from Army. If he had to pick tomorrow, Washington would be the likely destination, as it is "right down the street," and is a program that Turner feels is on the rise. Further affecting his decision might be the desire to play with good friend Caesar Rayford, a defensive end prospect also being strongly recruited by the UW staff.
This summer, Turner plans on attending a one day Nike camp at the University of Oregon, and will likely attend a camp at Washington State the later this month. With no visits currently scheduled, Jamil is spending his time working with his teammates getting stronger and faster, with three-times-weekly upper body workouts to go along with running/conditioning. His reported 4.62 speed is likely improved, as he was last tested almost a year ago and is currently working on a speed training program. His goal for this summer and the upcoming 2004 season is to "live up to my own expectations." Jamil states that his best attribute is, "I won't be outworked. I won't let anyone else stop me, and if I see a ball, I will go up and get it."
Good athlete, good work ethic, and - - even more importantly in today's environment, a good student. Jamil proudly sports a 3.394 GPA to go along with his athletic prowess, and expects to receive his SAT test results shortly.
Mark Kasson can be reached at MarkKasson@bigredreport.com