Decision Looming

Ohio quarterback <b>Anthony Turner</b> received an offer from Penn State early last week. He plans to make a decision soon. Who are his favorites. Are the Nittany Lions in the mix?

Name: Anthony Turner
Position: QB
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 212 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.66
Hometown/School: Dayton, Oh. (Chaminade-Julienne HS)


As of September 1, colleges are again allowed to call recruits. When LionNews spoke with Anthony last night at around 9:30pm ET, he indicated that so far he had received calls from Bowling Green and Ball State.

Anthony has played two games already this young football season while recovering from a shoulder injury that has limited his ability to throw the ball.

"It's getting better," Anthony said, "slowly but surely. I can throw it about 30 to 35 yards right now."

The shoulder injury has had more than a physical effect on Turner. Now that he realizes how tenuous a football career can be, he's decided to make a commitment to a college before possibly sustaining a more serious injury.

"I'm probably going to commit, if not this week, next week."

Right now, he lists West Virginia, Bowling Green and Iowa as his top teams. He believes it will come down to one of those three.

Penn State, who tendered a written scholarship offer to Turner last week, seems to be on the outside looking in.

"They're not totally out of it, but I don't know. I just figured I'll make it sweet and simple and go with West Virgnia, Bowling Green and Iowa."

Here's what Anthony had to say about each of his favorites:

Bowling Green: "Their coaching staff is down to earth to the eight power. And, their offense. Last week, they played EKU and they had like 644 yards on offense."

West Virginia: "Their facilities, and their coaching staff is down to earth too."

Iowa: "I really haven't had a chance to visit Iowa, but I know that their quarterback coach, Ken O'Keefe, is a good guy. I see myself being around a good coach."

Unless the Nittany Lions make a strong push in the next few days, they may have to look elsewhere for a quarterback. Anthony did, however, list several things he likes with regard to Penn State.

"Just the simple fact of playing for Joe Paterno. Their facilities are very nice and I know I can get a top-notch education if I go to Penn State too."

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