"I'm focusing on being more of a leader this year," Turner said of his play. "Last year I was a lot quieter, being one of the younger guys on the team, but this year I plan to take a more active role with this team. I'll be playing a lot more in space this year, as opposed to just being at defensive end. I like it a lot because now the other team has to try to figure out where I'm coming from instead of knowing I'll be at defensive end every play. I'm dropping back in coverage more and that's letting me use my athleticism all over the field."
Turner was recently offered a scholarship by Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State isn't the only school that has taken notice of Turner's immense talent on the football field, as he has received several offers to date.
"I understand these are just offers, but I've still got two years of high school to go," he stated. "I'm really not going to get too wrapped up in the recruiting stuff until before my senior year. I now have offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Illinois and Akron. There's no way I'd make a decision soon at all. My main goal is to win a state championship at Ursuline. That's what I'm here for, to help these seniors win a state title. We got close last year and we need to finish the job this year. That's really all I'm thinking about at this time."
Turner was surprised to receive an offer from Ohio State. He was there on an unofficial visit and never expected to hear what was said to him by Buckeye head coach Tressel.
"I was shocked when they offered me, to tell you the truth," he said. "I went down with my coach (Dan Reardon) and a teammate, DeAndre Harris. We were just going down for the day to meet the coaches and check out the facilities. Coach Tressel and I were sitting in his office and he just kind of said that he was offering me a scholarship. He said I will receive a written offer on September 1. I also met the defensive coordinator, Jim Heacock, and he and I got along real well. It's an honor to receive the first offer for any Ohio junior. I had been to Ohio State before, but today I really felt like I was a recruit that they really wanted. I'm planning to go to the game with Penn State in October. I'm not sure about getting to any other games, or going to any other schools this year. I have a real good feeling about the Ohio State coaches and I like Ohio State a lot. I'm looking forward to taking some other visits in the next year to have something to compare to Ohio State."
Although he starred at defensive end for Ursuline, Turner feels he won't be playing there in college.
"I see myself playing outside linebacker, or possibly as a strong safety," Turner explained. "It wouldn't matter to me. I'm willing to do whatever my team needs me to do. I haven't really gotten into weight training real seriously yet. I play basketball and run track, so I'm always busy playing some sport. I guess my position depends on how big I get."
Reardon agrees with his young star that his future is at linebacker.
"Jamel had a great year for us last year, but he was very raw in terms of technique," Reardon said. "This year he's becoming a smarter player, which will make him a better player. Eventually, I see Jamel being a 6-3, 240-pound linebacker at the college level. Once he starts lifting on a regular basis, he's going to fill out and be really something special in college. He's a great kid and a great student in the classroom. He'll make some school very happy some day."