Dillard Duo Checks out Happy Valley

Class of 2014 WR and QB made their first trip to Penn State last weekend and were impressed by what they saw. It won't be their last visit to the school.

Lee Martin and Dennis Turner are teammates on the gridiron. Last Saturday, both experienced Penn State football on the field, as the Class of 2014 teammates watched the Nittany Lions drop a 35-23 contest to Ohio State at Beaver Stadium.

The Dillard High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla) quarterback/wide-receiver tandem came north at the invite of Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, and were excited to see what Penn State football is all about.

“The visit went really great,” Turner said. “I loved the football atmosphere and the fans were exciting.”

At 5-foot-10, 145 pounds, the wideout is just starting to get interest from many college programs. He got a good feel for a college town atmosphere at University Park and the surrounding State College area.

“The town was amazing and the campus was beautiful,” Turner said. “I loved the campus. It was an amazing time.

“The football and atmosphere was something I never experienced before,” he added.

Martin, on the other hand, is a pro-style quarterback who claims interest from a host of Florida schools as well as the Nittany Lions. Only a junior, the 6-2, 215-pounder has plenty of time to navigate his future path, but was happy to experience a game at Beaver Stadium so early in the process.

“The whole trip was amazing. It was a great experience for me and my teammate,” Martin said. “The coaches are doing a great job with the program up there; it's nothing but positive attitude from them and the team.”

The signal caller, who goes by the nickname “Bud,” was also impressed by University Park.

“The whole campus and the football facilities were great, and I'm excited about what's going on at Penn State,” Martin said. “I can't wait to continue to build a relationship with the staff.”

Speaking of the staff, the Florida duo talked to a host of Nittany Lion coaches over the weekend.

“We got to talk to Coach Johnson, Coach (Charlie) Fisher and a couple of the GAs before the game on Saturday, which was really exciting for us,” Martin said. “And it was really cool to meet Coach (Bill) O'Brien during the tour of campus on Friday.”

Lee Martin

Both prospects will visit Happy Valley again this summer to camp at one of the Nittany Lions' Advanced Skill Camps, and both are hungry to learn more about the program after getting a taste Saturday.

“Bud and I will be camping again in the summer, and we can't wait for that,” Turner said. “We're excited to get to workout for the coaches and show them what we can do.”

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