Youngstown [Ohio] Ursuline sophomore defensive end Jamel Turner was a complete terror from his defensive end position. Turner, 6' 2" and 205 pounds, impressed all by racking up 25 sacks and dominating opposing defenses.
"This was my first season playing football at the varsity level and things went very well," Turner explained. "It was an exciting year because we had a great team. I was happy to just be out there and be able to contribute what I did."
Even though it is very early in the young man's career, he admitted he's already looking ahead to college recruiting.
"I'm interested in recruiting, but I feel it's best for me to wait until that time comes," he said. "I just need to keep doing what I have to do, and hopefully the colleges will notice. I've returned my invitations to a couple combines that I will go to as soon as basketball season is over. I'm always concentrating on grades first. My parents stress that comes first. I'm currently carrying a 3.0 average and I've got to raise that up a little. That is my primary objective right now, so that college recruiters won't have any academic worries about me."
Turner did list a group of schools he is interested in. Not surprisingly, Ohio State heads his list.
"I like Ohio State," he exclaimed. "I like watching the way they play and I like watching college football in general. I like to watch their games to see what they're doing well, and also what isn't working. I like most of the Big-10 schools. I'm pretty wide open after Ohio State, though."
After watching film on Turner, his pass rushing ability jumps out, but he feels he can get even better in that area. That won't allow opposing offensive linemen to sleep easy before facing Turner.
"I need to learn more moves in rushing the passer," Turner said. "My coach is working with me on using different techniques and I need to apply what I've learned on the field next year. I need to become a better all-around defensive end. Coach [Dan] Reardon is a great coach and I feel I'm in the best position to become a better player. It's about hard work, and that's up to me."
Jamel Turner is a tremendous football prospect, and he's just as impressive off the field. He is mature beyond his years and appears to have a bright future at Youngstown Ursuline.