Turner has sight set on the Big Ten

Already possessing eight scholarship offers from some of the best football programs in the Midwest, Ohio defensive end Jamel Turner is quickly becoming one of the top prospects for the Class of 2010.

MADISON - Junior defensive tackle Jamel Turner has been involved heavily in football the past three years. Turner looks to continue that trend in to college as he has been shopping himself around to several prominent schools.

The Youngstown, Ohio native brings to the table positive statistics in three season. Last season alone, Turner had 96 tackles and 23 sacks, leading Ursuline High School to the Division V state championship game.

Turner did that in only his first year playing at the varsity level.

"Most of the Big Ten & SEC schools have been looking at me." said Turner. "I have offers from Akron, Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina and Wisconsin."

Turner became even more specific about which schools he likes the most.

"My top three schools are Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State." said Turner. "I'm looking at mainly schools around, not specifically in Ohio, but in the area."

Whichever school Turner chooses in the distant future will be getting a prominent player at defensive end. Turner dedicates himself as a football player on and off the field. More importantly, Turner does several things now that he feels will carry over to the college level and help him be successful.

"Being able to compare film with the game you are about to play and take what you learned from film and apply it on the field is important to me," he said. "(I've been) mentally prepared and always (try) thinking on the field (and) working in the weight room to build strength."

Turner recently made an official visit to all three schools Penn State being the earliest and then the most recent for the Michigan State vs. Ohio State game. When it comes to the Badgers, Turner went to a camp for future prospects.

"I got to go to a training camp for future prospects. I liked all of the coaches and the campus was nice." aid Turner.

Whether or not the Badgers will try to move their name in to Turner's favorites list remains to be seen. Turner does feel that any of the Big Ten schools that can land his acceptance will be getting a special kind of player.

"I'm a smart player that brings toughness and enthusiasm to a team." said Turner.

Turner is planning on rushing his decision, as he is more concerned right now with winning a state championship. Even so. if his stats from high school can carry over to college, then the Big Ten Conference will have to look out for Jamel Turner.

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