Turner Focused On The Season

Ft. Worth Birdville running back Xavier Turner has put up huge numbers in 2013.

For college recruiters looking for a sleeper at running back, there may not be a better prospect in North Texas than Ft. Worth Birdville runner Xavier Turner.

Turner isn't exactly a sleeper however as he's been tearing up north Texas defenses for the past three seasons. Surprisingly though, Turner hasn't been flooded with offers one would expect a kid who is 5-foot-11, 205-pounds with 4.5 speed to receive.

The 2014 prospect has battled through injuries in each of the last two seasons with ankle injuries but this season he has shown no ill-effects

"I had goals for myself and I've tried to stay injury free. Last year I missed a couple of games because of my ankle injury and my sophomore year I also missed some games," he said. "So this year my main focus was staying healthy and I know if I stay healthy anything is possible."

Turner has obviously stayed injury free through nine games this season while helping the Hawks to a 7-2 record. While his goal of staying injury-free has been met so far, it's his goal of total rushing yards that has exceeded his expectations several times. On the year Turner has rushed for 1,810 yards with 38 touchdowns.

Last week against Chisholm Trail he rushed for 234 yards and 7 touchdowns on only 17 carries.

"Going into the year I had a goal of 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns and obviously I've passed that goal up. I set another goal and I also passed that up. So, I set another goal and I passed that up this week so now my goal is 40 touchdowns and 2,500 yards," he said. "I have some self-motivated goals right now and I'm trying to fight for that each week."

Birdville lost two offensive linemen last season who signed with FBS programs; Joaz Aguilar (Texas A&M) and Juan Perez (UTSA). Turner said his line has played extremely well despite the loss of the two players and gives them all the credit.

"My offensive line is where it starts; they've helped tremendously. I wouldn't be able to put the numbers up that I'm doing now," he said. "I definitely give them the credit, I thank them every day. I really do appreciate them."

Turner says he's heard from several schools in recent weeks and his coach told him that SFA recently offered. Although Turner is appreciative of the interest, he's putting all of his focus on helping his team first. Recruiting will come later.

"Recruiting has actually been crazy; I'm thankful for it all but it's also very stressful," he said. "I'm taking it week by week and day by day. Like I tell every college recruiter and coach, I still have a season to play and I'm just worried about my team right now. I try not to sound disrespectful or anything like that; I'm still trying to focus on this season. With the way we're playing we can probably have another season. I'm just looking forward to that and afterwards that's when I'll start taking my time and really looking at difference colleges. I'm just pretty much taking it day by day."

TCU is among the schools that have shown Turner interest in the past. Dan Sharp is the primary coach recruiting Turner for the Frogs and the running back says he still receives correspondence from the coach.

"He's shown me some interest," he said of Sharp. "He still sends me letters saying they like me and inviting me to games and stuff like that. He still shows me some interest."

Birdville has a bye this week and will finish their regular season next week against Ft. Worth Polytechnic.

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