Recruiting Update: 2010 DE Alex Turner
For many high school football players, senior year is a time to take it easy and have some fun before going off to college and putting in the hard work that it takes to play D-I football. But for recruits like Stanford's 2010 verbal commit Alex Turner who have their sights set on attending an elite academic institution, ‘taking it easy' is the last thing on a player's mind.
"I'm taking AP Statistics, AP Literature, Psychology, and Anatomy," Turner said. "It's going well so far. I mean, it's a lot of hard work. A lot of kids want to slack off during their senior year, but this will definitely pay off and I'm excited."
And if Turner's academic schedule wasn't busy enough, a new, more demanding head football coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas will likely make sure that the three-star recruit will spend most of his remaining free time in either the weight room or on the practice field.
"He's really kind of changing our whole football philosophy," Turner said. "What we thought was good before is nowhere near good enough and we can always get better. Really, our team goal is to be the best that we can be and try to be perfect or at least work hard to get there."
So far, Turner and his Gaels teammates are off to a nearly flawless start. Bishop Gorman has dominated its first two games by a combined score of 79-14. In those two contests, Turner has made 19 tackles and recorded three sacks.
Part of Turner's early season success could be attributed to a new workout regimen he implemented over the summer, inspired by the approach he learned is encouraged by Stanford strength and conditioning Coach Shannon Turley.
"I worked on my basic things like strength and speed but [when I visited for the Stanford NIKE camp in June] I learned that Coach Turley stresses to his players the importance of working your 'back-side' like your hamstrings and your back," Turner said. "He tells the Stanford players that it is important make your workout 'even' so you're not just benching and squatting and working the front of your legs, so I've really worked on a lot of hamstrings and back and getting my core stabilized."
In addition to the obvious improvement in quality, one the more significant features of the recruiting classes in the Jim Harbaugh era has been the bond that the recruits have formed before arriving on campus. Following that trend, Turner has made it a point to keep in touch with many of his future Cardinal teammates.
"Man, I'm on the phone all the time," Turner said. "I talk to Blake Barker, always Terrence Stephens, Big Tate Nichols, Tai-ler Jones, Daunte Carr, and Joe McNamara. The only person I really haven't talked to is the kicker [Jordan Williamson]. I've been trying to get his number, but I haven't been able to talk to him. It's just pretty cool, how we all talk to each other see how the season is going."
Turner and other 2010 commits have already begun discussing a possible date for a ‘Big Visit.'
"I've been talking to a lot of the recruits like Tate Nichols, Tai-ler, and all those guys and I think we don't really want to do the visit during the season," Turner said. "We'll try to do it in like January so we can actually hang out and not worry about the game."
Judging by Turner's involvement with the rest of the 2010 recruiting class, it is clear that the 6-1, 245-pounder has no thoughts of wavering on his Stanford commitment even though a few other schools are still recruiting him.
"The coaches at UNLV and Utah still talk to me but I think I tried to make it clear when I committed that I was solid," says Turner who chose Stanford over offers from Oregon, Washington, UCLA, UNLV, Utah and San Diego State.
Turner volunteered that he scored a 1400 (three-part score) on his first crack at the SAT last year. He will retake the test in October. He also plans to start his Stanford application as soon as he receives it in the mail.
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