Last year, Turner led his Chaminade-Julienne Eagles to the state championship of Division II, the first state title ever for a Dayton school. Coach Jim Place credits Turner's leadership for a big piece of that state crown. "He is extremely athletic, and he's big and strong, too. But you have to know him to know what a nice kid he really is – that might be his greatest strength," says Place.
Turner is 6'3" and closing in on 200 pounds. He ran a 4.6 forty his freshman year but hasn't been tested officially since. He was selected to be one of 200 juniors, nationally, to participate in the Army All-Star Combine in January along with other Ohioans including Marcus Freeman, Ted Ginn, Fred Davis and Nick Schubert. Anthony wowed the coaches there with his unusual athletic prowess for a quarterback. What does he think his strengths are? "My mobility. And I'm balanced in that I can pass well and run well. I need to work a little bit more on my strength, though." When asked about his weaknesses, Turner couldn't think of any; then he said with a laugh, "Girls!"
He has gone to no camps in the past but plans on attending Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State camps this spring. School visits? He went to Notre Dame with a basketball friend who was being recruited there. And that's all.
As for schools that are recruiting him, Coach Place said, "Basically everyone." Anthony mentioned OSU, Notre Dame, Kentucky and Purdue. Michigan State offered Turner as a sophomore but – with the coaching change there – no one is sure where that stands.
Both Place and Turner brought up the fact that Anthony needs some academic work but Anthony says he is up to that challenge. And at the next level? Coach Place says that he is good enough to play wide receiver but he is a true quarterback. Anthony said he liked playing safety, too (he played as a freshman) because he "likes to hit."
Coach Place summed up Anthony Turner's potential by saying, "For the past 12 years, every quarterback at CJ has gone on to play in college, starting with Tommy McCloud at Penn State. Anthony is both a better runner and a better passer than any of them."