was coached in high school by Bill Gierke ... PERSONAL: Son of Laverne
Turner and DaWayne Thomas. Born: April 20, 1987.
HS COACH QUOTE: "Antonio was a starter at fullback for me," said Edgewater Coach Bill Gierke. "All three years of his high school football we made it to the final game of the state championship. He had a really great senior year for us. Our last two games of the season we lost out tailback to an ankle injury. Antonio moved to that spot and had two games of more than 100 yards rushing. He's competitive, he's athletic, and he comes from a great family. He's a versatile kid who's very strong. He's a big guy who can block, and he's not afraid to mix it up. He has great hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield, which is what coaches are looking for. He could be a great one-back as well."
ORGERON: "Our squad is short on big, physical fullbacks. From everything
we've seen on film, Antonio fills that need to a tee. I also liked his personality
on his official visit. He's excited about football."
The following information was revealed during our interview with Antonio Turner:
Have you seen any changes in your weight or height since you signed with Ole Miss? "My height stayed the same, still about 6' 1", but I am up to 230 now."
What are you doing to keep yourself in football shape? "I am on the track team. I actually throw the shot-put, but I practice with the team. I also play pickup basketball games during the week."
What is your best recorded throw in the shot-put this year? "46.7 feet."
Have you maxed out in the weight room lately? "Not really, I have just been doing the workout schedule they (Ole Miss) assigned me to do. I will probably max out a day or two before I report to Ole Miss."
How is school going? "It is going fine. We are just waiting for me to get academically qualified. I made my test score, now I am just trying to pull up my core. I am going to night school and getting some help."
When are you scheduled to graduate? "May 17th."
How much do you need to pull your core GPA up to make it in as a full qualifier? "I just need to maintain and make one more A."
When will you report to Ole Miss? "As soon as I graduate, I will be up there."
When was the last time you spoke with an Ole Miss staff member? "Coach Lubick called Wednesday. He just asked me how I was doing academically. I told him I was ready to go, fired up."
What are your personal goals for your freshman season at Ole Miss? "Personally, I just want to contribute. That is all. Where ever they want to put me at, I am fired up to do. I just want to make an impact for them."
Which position are you expected to start out? "Fullback."
Were you aware that the Rebels only have two fullbacks on scholarship while you were being recruited? "Yes sir. That makes me work that much harder."
Have you set some team goals for next season? "I just want to make it to the big game. I want to lead Coach Orgeron to the big game. He works so hard. Everybody is going to try and put in their best effort for him."
Any rising seniors at Edgewater we need to keep an eye on? "Greg Mathews (WR), Justin Jenkins (DT), and Bobby Rouh (WR). Those are the three main ones."
What can the Ole Miss fans expect from Tony as the player and person? "I am going to work hard and play hard every down. And I am a good guy. They are going to enjoy me up there."
Thinking back on it; what was the number one reason you choose Ole Miss? "A lot of schools dropped off of me because of my grades, but Ole Miss stuck with me. Then I went on my official visit. I felt at home. Dustin Mouzon and Alan Abrams made me feel at home, then Gary Albury choose Ole Miss. That made up my mind."