Turner can turn a game

A self-styled "game-changer" might be changing games for the University of Tennessee football program someday.

Jarvis Turner, a powerfully built 6-0, 198-pound rising senior at Murphy High in Mobile, Ala., was among the wide receiver prospects attending the Vol camp earlier this week.

Turner says he clocked a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and hit 35 inches in the vertical jump. He estimates that he caught 20 passes for around 200 yards last fall and rushed 20 times for around another 200 yards. Although he worked with the receivers at Tennessee's camp, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of being a running back in college.

"Wherever they want me to play," he said.

Turner said he was impressed with Vol staffers during the camp, noting that "They've got a pretty good coaching style. I love 'em."

He spent most of his time performing drills under the watchful eye of receivers coach Charlie Baggett, who apparently gave him quite a taxing workout.

"He's tough, man," Turner said, "but he's a good coach."

Asked his overall impression of the camp, Turner replied: "I loved it, man. It's about the best one I've been to.

"The coaches really want to help you. That's what I really liked."

The aspect of the camp he enjoyed most, not surprisingly, was the opportunity to show off his route-running and receiving skills.

"I liked running the routes with the (high school) quarterbacks," Turner said. "They're pretty good."

Although he has no offers at this time, he said Tennessee, Alabama, Nebraska and Southern Miss seem very interested in him. Questioned about the schools he likes most, he replied: "It would have to be Tennessee and Southern Miss. They're my top two."

Specifically, Turner said the thing he likes best about Tennessee is that "Besides the coaching staff, I love the weight room."

Based on the attention he got during the camp, Turner believes Tennessee's coaches are as impressed with him as he is with them.

"They love me," he said. "They want me to come back. I think I'll be back for the next camp, sometime in July. I've been to Southern Miss, and I'm going to Louisville and LSU next."

Being a wideout, Turner noticed that Tennessee's receivers caught a lot of balls the second half of the 2010 season. That intrigued him a bit.

"They're pretty good," he said. "I like their running backs, too."

When asked to describe himself, Turner answered without hesitation.

"A game-changer," he said. "I like to make plays."

Tennessee is always in the market for those.

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