QB Chris Turner Waits for Offer

The 6-4 quarterback from Chaminade (Calif.) West Hills, <b>Chris Turner</b>, has a scholarship offer from a Big 10 program, but ideally wants to stay closer to home...

One of the most frequent participants at many camps and combines this spring and summer has been West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade quarterback Chris Turner (6-3 ½, 200).

The tall, lanky passer has attended UCLA's Adidas Camp, its One-Day Camp, and part of its 4-Day Camp, along with the MSL Camp, the Stanford Nike Camp and Elite 11 Tryout Camps, plus still attended camps at San Diego State and Oregon.

In other words, Turner is doing what he can to get some more West Coast attention, to go along with the attention he's getting from a trio of Big Ten schools, Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue.

"My offer is from Illinois, but I also like Michigan State and UCLA. Those are my top three, but there's no leader."

Turner said the Boilermakers and Spartans have indicated that they could be close to offering.

One school he wouldn't mind an offer from is UCLA.

"The idea of playing close to home, so my parents could come and see me, is pretty cool. I really like the coaches at UCLA. Coach (Jim) Svoboda is recruiting me. He is a good guy. I worked with him at the camps and we have a good relationship. I like Coach (Tom) Cable and Coach (Karl) Dorrell too. They are good guys and good coaches."

So would an offer from UCLA end his recruiting? "Well, I'd like to decide before the season starts. I think Coach Svoboda wants them to offer me, so we'll see. My tight end (Logan Paulsen) has an offer from there, and Marcus Everett is going there, and we have all talked about playing together in college. Logan and I said if we got offered at the same place, we'd commit."

With so much attention coming from the Big Ten, Turner is fine with leaving the area too. He just wants his options clear before making a decision, a decision he wants to have out of the way come Chaminade's season opener.

"If I commit before the year is done, there won't be as much pressure on me during the year," he said. "I can focus on the season and playing. I don't want to have to worry about recruiting."

And Turner has big plans for his senior year. As a junior, he threw for over 3,400 yards and 30 touchdowns, setting all of Chaminade's single-season passing records. And Turner expects a comparable, if not a superior, senior year, despite everything he's had to do for recruiting. "I'm looking forward to a good year. I've had a hard time getting to passing league because of all the camps, and sometimes feel like I'm letting my team down, but you only get to do this once. But it'll be good when the season starts."

Turner has a 2.8 GPA and scored a 1010 on his SAT.


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