Turner impresses at 'Cuse camp

C.J. Turner is entering his sophomore year and is already one of the most explosive players in the Rochester (N.Y.) area. He camped at Syracuse on Saturday and discussed his experience as well as feedback from the Orange coaches with CuseNation.com.

Rochester (N.Y.) Eastridge High athlete C.J. Turner may only be entering his sophomore season, but is already developing a reputation in Western New York as a scary offensive weapon. He attended Syracuse camp on Saturday to put his skills on display.

"Today I worked with coach Smith and the running backs," Turner said. "They are recruiting me primarily at running back because of my tape. We focused on footwork mostly. He liked my footwork and said I have great feet.

"After we were done doing the footwork drills, we went to do one on ones. That was where we got to run routes and stuff."

Turner plays receiver in high school, so working with the running backs was a bit of an adjustment. Still, he was pleased with his efforts on Saturday.

"Overall, I think I performed really good," Turner said. "I performed well in the one on ones. I hadn't done that as a running back in a long time, but it was good."

Turner ran a 4.6-40 time, a solid time for a prospect going into his sophomore season. He believes he can do better and wants to be in the 4.5s. But the Orange coaches were impressed with what they saw.

"The running backs coach, coach Smith, he said he really liked me." Turner said. "He said he wants me to come down to more camps in the future and said they look forward to having me in a few years. They kind of touch base about an offer, but said they're starting early with me. They hope I can land one pretty soon.

"That all took me by surprise. I didn't know they were going to say that. It would mean the world to get an offer from them. Just to be a good start and have an offer would be a dream."

Turner has participated in a few other camps, including one at Pittsburgh earlier this month. He says the Orange camp was one of the better ones.

"This camp, I really liked it a lot," Turner said. "They were very welcoming, and I felt at home here. They were good coaches and were very knowledgeable to be able to teach you stuff you may not have known before."


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