Turner Brings Excitement To Rice

At approximately 3:15 Tuesday Shane Turner gave a verbal committment to Rice. His announcement sent off shock waves throughout the Rice community. A day later Rice Owls everywhere are still talking about what his addition to the team means to the Rice Offense...

Well after another fan site reported him committing to Boston College on Sunday, Shane Turner has decided to offically end the recruiting process by committing to the Rice Owls today.

I just spoke with Shane a few minutes ago and asked him if his decision was final?

He said, "That's it, I'm a Rice Owl. Recruiting is done for me."

Turner joins fellow Cy-Falls teammate Denzel Wells as an Owl commit. The two will line up in the same backfield once again on South Main. Forget thunder and lightning, I think when these two future Owls take the field its going to be a case of lightning striking, twice. And over and over again. If you aren't smiling the biggest smile you ever have Rice fans, someone needs to check your pulse!

Make no mistake though - Turner's decision was his own to make. Shane is the type to make decisions for himself, regardless of influences. He has a leader mentality.

The Rice coaching staff, particularly Craig Naivar, Turner's direct recruiter, worked tirelessly to bring Turner into the fold. Despite information that Turner had committed elsewhere on Sunday the staff never stopped recruiting the electric running back. That hard work paid off today with his committment to the Owls. Tom Herman has got to be doing backflips right about now. Turner is a dangerous runner, receiver, and return man. Rice just got better in all phases of the offense with his committment.

Turner's senior season was spectacular. He had 189 carries for 1,513 yards - an amazing 8.01 yards per carry. He added 28 rushing touchdowns along the way. A dual threat, he also had 28 catches out of the backfield, totaling 335 yards in receiving. He scored 2 touchdowns by way of receiving. While these numbers are very impressive in their own right, his performance on October 18 at the Berry Center was perhaps a coming out party. The game was a nationally televised contest played against Cy-Fair and Michigan bound tailback Sam McGuffie. Turner's Eagles bested McGuffie and the Bobcats that night as Cy-Falls came out on top 49-37. Turner had 295 total yards in the game - 25 carries for 195 yards with scoring runs of 3, 69, and 35 yards. The exclamation point came when Turner returned the opening kickoff of the second half for 100 yards and a touchdown. The performance was one of the best I saw all year - and even though no one knew where Turner would attend college at that point, I thought he, not McGuffie, was the better running back on the field that night. Man what a show Shane put on!

Turner will step right into the fray this fall to compete for playing time. His talent is game changing, and that is why the Owls worked so hard to bring him in...

Welcome to South Main Shane!


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