Turner Open to Orange

North Miami Beach High School is loaded with talent and Syracuse University has offered all four of their big prospects this year. The Orange staff likes two-way lineman Travis Turner on the defensive side of the ball and we spoke to him on Thursday night about his interest in the program.

Travis Turner, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman from North Miami Beach, Fla., plays both offensive and defensive tackle for the Chargers, but Syracuse definitely has a specific position in mind for him and he talked about the chances of him coming north for a visit with us on Thursday.

"I'm open-minded and would love to go to Syracuse for college, but right now my interest in all colleges is very slim right now because I'm focused on my senior season right now," Turner stated. "I'm going to wait until after this season to take official visits and I would like to take one to Syracuse. Coach Scott Shafer has been recruiting me for them and he's been real cool to be honest with you. When he saw me going through drills he was like, "we gotta have you" and when we talked on the phone he was great."

"I know it's far away and up in New York, but past that I don't know a whole lot," Turner added. "I know they have really good academics, they have a solid football team and a degree from there will take you a long way, but I don't consider that knowing enough. I just want to learn more details on an official visit after the season."

Turner also plays defensive tackle for North Miami and says he's actually doing better on that side of the ball this season. This happens to also be the side of the ball the Orange coaching staff wants him to play for them and that Turner prefers to play.

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