|Hometown/School:||Dayton, Oh. (Chaminade-Julienne HS)|
Just like in Pennsylvania, where a debate rages over who is the state's best quarterback, Anthony Morelli or Chad Henne, Ohio has been divided into those who like Brian Hoyer and those who like Anthony Turner. At 6'3'', 212 pounds, Turner certainly brings the accolades to the table, having led his Dayton Chaminade-Julienne HS team to a 14-1 record and the Ohio Division II State Championship.
Anthony is a prototypical run/pass quarterback in the mold of former Virginia Tech star Michael Vick. He uses his 4.6 speed to evade the pass rush and create confusion in defense, not sure if he will pass or tuck and run. Last season, Anthony threw for 2100 yards and 21 touchdowns with just six interceptions.
This spring, Anthony received a ton of attention from colleges, receiving eleven offers (some written, some verbal) from schools across the nation, including Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio, Ball State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, West Virginia, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington. Two schools that Anthony also remains interested in, though they have not offered, are Penn State and Pittsburgh.
"I've heard from Penn State, but I haven't heard anything from Pittsburgh," said Anthony.
Are the home state Buckeyes interested?
"I'm not interested in them; I'm not sure if they interested in me," said Anthony, who continued, "They have to many quarterbacks and my heart's set on playing quarterback."
Anthony, who expects to make a decision sometime after his season starts, has already taken the steps necessary to see some of the colleges that have offered him.
"I've visited Bowling Green and I go to Kentucky on August 31st. That's the first game of the season and they play Louisville," said Anthony of his unofficial visit to Lexington. He will also go to West Virginia on July 15th.
Anthony admitted that of the schools that have already offered, Kentucky, West Virginia, Iowa, and Bowling Green really stand out. A May article by midwest recruiting analyst Chris Pool tabbed Penn State as Anthony's leader, despite the fact that he had no offer from the Nittany Lions. Have the Nittany Lions held on to the top spot on Turner's list?
"They're still my leader," admitted Anthony, who admitted the Nittany Lions style of offense and Joe Paterno have grabbed his interest.
"(Coach Paterno's) a great guy and he runs a great program too," said Anthony. "We run split back and a little bit of shotgun. We run option on almost every other play (like Penn State)."
Anthony has mainly talked with assistant coach Jay Paterno, who has called him one of the five quarterbacks he has seen in the country. Has Jay indicated Penn State may be offering in the future once Chad Henne makes his decision?
"He really didn't say either or. Deep down he sounded interested, but he didn't say anything specific," said Anthony, who maintains a 2.7 GPA and is awaiting the results of his ACT.
Because he has already scheduled visits to both Kentucky and West Virginia, does Anthony has a time when he might get to Happy Valley to check it out?
"Sometime during the season. My grandfather wants to get out there too," admitted Turner.
For now Anthony just plans to get ready to defend Chaminade-Julienne HS State Championship and worry about the recruiting stuff later.
(Interview by Steve Curry)