Panthers Land NJ Wide Receiver

As the Panther staff hits the road this week chasing recruits across the region, the wide receiver position is not necessarily as much of a need anymore with the recent commitment of Teaneck (NJ) sensation Oderick Turner.

Wide receiver "U" has received a verbal commitment from what they hope will be another in a long line of great receivers. As Teaneck (NJ) high school wide receiver Oderick Turner (6-3, 185, 4.6) became the ninth commitment of the class of 2005.

Turner took a rare mid-week official visit to Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. Upon return from the trip Oderick sat down with his parents and talked about his future.

"Thursday I made the call to Coach Carmichael and told him I wanted to be a Panther," said Turner

Turner chose the Panthers over offers from NC State, Syracuse, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

During his trip to the "Burgh" Turner took a tour of The UPMC south side practice facility, Heinz Field, The Peterson Events Center, the Cathedral Of Learning, and he was impressed.

"The facilities are outstanding, I got along with the players, and coaches, and I loved the city."

Turner arrived to Pittsburgh in time to watch the Panthers practice on Tuesday.

"I love that offense the way they spread the ball around so much, it's nice."

Turner was set to visit Pittsburgh when the Panthers played Ohio, his plans changed so he has not gotten to see them play live. He did however get to see Pitt defeat his home state Rutgers squad on TV.

"They played tough, I liked the fact that they were playing 2 sophomores and a true freshmen that shows me that they will give you an opportunity if you earn it."

Teaneck is off to a (3-3) start despite having two D-1 players Turner and Mike Hanson. Turner has caught 24 passes, for 263 yards, and 3 touchdowns. As a defensive back he has also intercepted a pass, but he is quick to point out what side of the ball he prefers.

"Offense without a doubt."

Oderick prides himself on his ability to go up and make the tough catch, and then to turn a short catch into a big play. He is quick to acknowledge where he has learned the art of pass catching.

"That definitely comes from my dad, he helps me a lot."

Oderick does not have an ordinary father. His father is Odessa Turner who played 7 seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. Odessa earned a Super Bowl ring while with the Giants.

Last season during his junior campaign, Oderick earned 1st Team All-League (NNJIL) honors by catching 25 passes for 860 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Turner should have no problem academically as he has a core GPA of 2.7 and has scored 960 on the SAT. Oderick is planning on majoring in business.

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