S.C. DL Leaves UNC With Offer

During the basketball game against Clemson, which he attended following North Carolina's Junior Day, Gerald Turner received a UNC scholarship offer.

"Coach [Vic] Koenning told me to come here," Turner said. "He was just telling me how they offered me. He said depending on how much weight I gain and how much my body changes will determine where I play at."

Turner, a 6-foot-1, 230-pounder, is being recruited as either a defensive end or three-technique in UNC's 4-2-5 defense. At Goose Creek (S.C.), he starts on the defensive line – either at end or tackle – and tight end.

"Some schools, they like my film, but they don't know where I'm going to play," Turner said. "They don't know how my weight or my height is going to change."

In addition to UNC, Turner has received scholarship offers from in-state schools Clemson and South Carolina.

UNC is the only school to offer Turner's teammate Jalen Stevens a scholarship. Although Turner and Stevens are good friends, they say they aren't a sure-fire package deal.

"We're real close," Turner said. "Whatever school is best for us, that's where we'll go. We have talked about going to the same school. We had a couple laughs about it."

Turner, who also attended a football game at UNC last fall, said he sees positives in the school.

"They offer a good education and they have a pretty good football team," Turner said. "So I'm not going to count them out and I'm not going to say I'm going to go there."

In fact, Turner doesn't claim any favorite schools and doesn't feel pressure to stay in-state.

"I know I don't want to go too far from home, because I know my parents want to come see me play," Turner said. "I don't have to stay in-state, but I don't want to go too far."

On Saturday, Turner, who made the visit with Stevens, arrived in Chapel Hill prior to the official start of UNC's Junior Day. Throughout the visit, Turner spent a lot of time with Koenning.

"I had fun," Turner said. "It was a good experience."

Besides UNC's Junior Day, Turner has visited Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Tennessee. His upcoming schedule includes a return visit to Clemson, as well as UNC's Spring Game.

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