Turner Plans To See Oregon

Regarded as one of the top prospects from the Hawaiian Islands for the 2013 recruiting class, Mililani (HI) defensive end Dakota Turner has had a relatively slow start when it comes to receiving offers, but is expected to change that dramatically this summer.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No I do not. There's a lot of interest. I've been receiving letters and e-mails in the offseason."

Have you had any contact with any coaches from Oregon?

"No I have not. Just the basic e-mails and letters. I've been hoping to get some more stuff. The defensive line coach (Jerry Azzinaro), they said he was going to check out my highlight tape and I haven't heard back from what he thought of that."

How long ago was it when they told you they would watch your highlight tape?

"Yeah, it was about a week and a half ago."

How often would you say you've been receiving e-mail and letters in the mail?

"I get about two or three letters a week and an e-mail about once a week."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"Oh, you know they're such a great program and well known in everything -- academics and football -- and it would just be a great program to be a part of. It's one of the top schools I'd like to go to...Academics is always number one, but also, they take guys from all over the country. It's not just guys locally. Being from Hawaii, that would be something [I'd like]...I think I'd have a great chance of going there. They've also shown they've got local guys on their team from Hawaii."

Are you familiar with recent Oregon signee, DeForest Buckner?

"Yeah, I'm friends with him...Being on the island, it's such a small island, so a lot of the local athletes go to a lot of the camps together, hanging out at games, watching the state championship game or something. He's just a cool guy and he talks to me about the recruiting process since he's a grade older. He's just given me advice and things to watch out for and things that he went through in the recruiting process."

As far as position goes, what position are most schools recruiting you at?

"I play both ways -- tight end and defensive end -- so I think most schools are looking at me at the defensive end spot...Colorado, Stanford are looking at me there and UCLA is looking at me at tight end."

Do you have a preference one way or the other for which position you play?

"I honestly don't care. Growing up, I played quarterback my freshman year, so I know all the spots on the field, so whatever the coach wants me to do, I'll do and get the job done."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm just a great leader with the skills I've gained from, not only the football field, but from academic clubs and stuff like that; church clubs...I think I've gained great leadership skills and I'm a dedicated player. I'm the first one in the gym and the last one out. I'm dedicated, I'm a team player, and I'm always there for my guys."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"Yeah, I look up to Tim Tebow. He's just a great, well-rounded guy on and off the field with his Christianity beliefs and with his great athletic ability and also what he did in the academic field; I look up to him a lot. I also got a friend who went to UCLA -- Dalton Hilliard -- that I look up to as well. He's a family friend of ours."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Just a school that's open to me and honest. I want them to be straight and up-front with me and not tell me, ‘Oh, you're going to be a starter,' right off the bat; just someone who's going to be straight-forward with me. It's a blessing just to have an offer from any place and any school, so I just want a school that will give me a shot to play in their program."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Yeah, I'm really interested in the business side of education. In high school, I'm taking a bunch of business classes -- like finance and marketing -- so I think that's the area I'll go in to."

Do you have any offers at this point?

"I don't have anything yet. Just letters, but no offers yet...hopefully I'll get one soon though."

Who are some of the other schools who are showing you a lot of interest at this point?

"Stanford, Colorado, Hawaii, I've been getting some e-mails from Vanderbilt and Missouri, some Division II schools, and UCLA."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites out of schools you've heard from or schools you'd like to hear from?

"At this point I don't. I'm just trying to get those offers. I like the Pac-12 schools a lot and I'd like to hear from some SEC and ACC schools. I'm a little behind on this process because I've been moving around for two years. My dad's in the military, so I wasn't able to attend a lot of the camps and stuff, so I'm trying to get in to some offers."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I went to Stanford's Junior Day. They invited me as a sophomore to go to Stanford's Junior Day last April and I had a good time up there. I attended a bunch of camps over that summer: Notre Dame, USC, UCLA. That past summer, I went to Colorado, LSU, and Stanford. This summer, I plan to hit up a bunch of camps cause it's the last year to get my name out there and hopefully get some offers...I'll for sure go to Oregon's camp. That's a school I really want to go to, so I'll check it out there and maybe stop by Oregon State and Cal and some Pac-12 schools. I've got family on the East Coast also, so maybe Virginia and stuff like that."

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