Alex Turner makes a commitment

Last time TheBootleg.com caught up with Bishop Gorman (Nev.) defensive end Alex Turner, he had trimmed his list to three schools: Oregon, Stanford and UCLA. With some more time to mull over the pros and cons of each program, Turner decided it was time to end his college recruitment, making a verbal commitment earlier to one of those schools earlier today.

"I called up my position coach D.J. Durkin, I just thanked him for everything he's done for me and my family, and then I committed to Stanford," Turner said. "He was pretty excited. I called him on a number I don't usually call him from, so at first he didn't know who it was. But then I told him, ‘This is Alex Turner and I'd like to commit!' He got really excited and said that my commitment will really help our class come along."

Turner, who is ranked as the 39th best defensive end in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, chose the Cardinal over offers from Washington, Oregon, UCLA, UNLV, San Diego State and Utah, in addition to interest from Nebraska and Oklahoma.

"Stanford just gives me the best opportunity in everything, in football, in academics, and in general," Turner said. "Stanford is the place where I fit in."

Unlike other high school players who wait until National Signing Day to try to accumulate as many offers as possible, Turner said he was comfortable enough with Stanford to make an early college decision.

"I just felt comfortable with Stanford," Turner said. "I thought about the other offers that could be coming in, and I thought about if those offers were off the table. I feel really comfortable with Stanford. I'm just ready to get committed and get better."

Another reason for Turner's early commitment was his desire to ensure he gained admission to the university.

"Another reason I committed early is because I know the admissions for Stanford are a little bit more challenging," the future engineering or business major said. "I'm going to ask [defensive line] coach Lance Anderson for the application, so I can start getting all my requirements together. I take my SAT in May. I will make sure that's high enough and if not, I'll take it again."

And when Turner, who reports a 3.4 GPA, sits down to begin work on the Stanford application, he will have company. Turner's Bishop Gorman teammate Evan Palelei gave a verbal pledge to Stanford on Sunday.

"Evan was the first guy I ever played football with, and we won a state championship together," Turner said. "I was happy for him when he committed to Stanford, but deep down I knew that I wanted to go to Stanford ever since I went to the Junior Day, so I don't think it really was that big of a factor."

Now that he has completed his recruiting process, Turner will focus on the continued development of both brain and his brawn.

"I'm going to get in touch with weight training coach [Shannon] Turley and talk with him about what he would like me focus on, as well as make sure I get admitted to the program. I'll pretty much just keep refining my skills."

Turner also hopes to start building a good rapport with some of his future teammates.

"I've already kind of been helping out the other guys coming to Stanford," Turner said. "I talk to [Censored No. 1] every day. I also talk to [Censored No. 2], [Censored No. 3], and Tate Nichols. We've all been in touch. As [potential] future teammates, we should help each other out."

Having already visited Oklahoma, Oregon, UNLV and UCLA in addition to the Farm, Turner is solid in his commitment to Stanford.

"No, I won't take any more visits," Turner said. "I think the coaches have been pretty honest and straight up with me about my recruitment, where I stand and how I can get better, so I think I owe them my full commitment."

[Preemptory Editor's Note: A few of the recruits were excised from the above quote. We want to allow them to announce their respective decisions whenever they see fit. Thanks for your understanding. -- Daniel Novinson]

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